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April 14, 2009

Sooners chip away to beat TCU

Oklahoma was looking for a launching pad Tuesday night. It was hosting TCU, but at least part of one eye had to be looking ahead. The Sooners go to Austin this weekend for a gigantic Big 12 Conference series with Texas.

It will go there with some momentum following a 7-5 victory over the Horned Frogs, but whether it will catapult them down Interstate 35 remains to be seen.

The Sooners (29-8) didn’t exactly put together a dominant performance. Garrett Richards, Jeremy Erben, Michael Rocha, Chase Anderson and Ryan Duke combined to hold TCU to nine hits and 15 strikeouts.

On the other hand, the Sooners, who entered Tuesday night averaging 9.3 runs per game, were held under their average for the fourth straight game.

Nonetheless, OU got a victory it needed on two fronts. The Horned Frogs (23-11) entered Tuesday’s game at No. 8 in the latest ratings percentage index. The Sooners were No. 30.

“We needed a win so we’d feel like we had some momentum going into it (Texas),” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “… But TCU has a good RPI and a good team. I consider this a quality win.”

No reason it shouldn’t be. The Horned Frogs have claimed series over Cal State Fullerton and Wichita State this season and pummeled Texas Tech, 12-5, Monday night.

But OU rode them out of town with two big innings at the plate and solid performance by its pitching staff.

It wasn’t the typical big inning power display that did in the Horned Frogs. Only one of OU’s nine hits went extra bases. It was more station-to-station, but it worked well enough.

The Sooners got three RBI singles from Cameron Seitzer, Chris Ellison and Jamie Johnson and an RBI double from Matt Harughty in the second inning to claim a 4-2 lead.

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