OKLAHOMA CITY — Everything that doomed Oklahoma in the Bedlam series’ first two games, was erased Sunday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Sooners avoided the sweep against Oklahoma State with a 5-4 victory. This one, which snapped a season-high four-game losing streak, came under tough circumstances.
OU won despite an early four-run deficit and rocky start from one of the pillars of its pitching staff.
“We’ve got a motto about being mentally tough, and I believe that’s what wins in college baseball,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “It doesn’t necessarily win every day, but it will over the long haul.”
Dillon Overton, who made his first start since April 20 due to elbow inflammation, threw a season low four innings. He also gave up all four runs on eight hits.
Most games, that would have been a knockout blow. The Sooners were 10-2 in the prior games Overton had started. They scored three runs or less in both games.
OU’s bullpen got some breaks, which, combined with timely hits, made all the difference.
Kyle Hayes, Ralph Garza, who picked up the win to improve to 4-0, and Jacob Evans, who threw the final two innings to get his ninth save, held the Cowboys (36-13, 11-9 Big 12) scoreless over the final five innings.
“Credit OU, they played a much better fifth-sixth-seventh-eighth-ninth inning than we did,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “Obviously, they deserved that win.”
The Sooners (35-16, 12-9) had to have it. After falling into a tie for fourth in the Big 12 Conference after dropping a second straight 4-3 decision to Cowboys Saturday, OU jumped into a tie for second place with West Virginia in the league standings. Kansas State holds a two-game lead with three Big 12 games left. The Wildcats are against the Sooners and the series begins Friday in Manhattan, Kan.