Splitting the first two games the series against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Norman, the Oklahoma Sooners stepped onto the field ready for business. Making quick work of the first four batters faced, Nathan Wiles provided a spark on a cloudy Sunday. The momentum carried over to the offense in the bottom half of the inning.
No longer the leadoff hitter, Steele Walker stepped up to the plate with two outs an two on base. Settling in, the sophomore ripped a single up the middle sending Ben Hollas home for the first score of the afternoon. Following up the success, Renae Martinez doubled to right field. With Jack Flansburg and the speed of Walker rounding the bases, the Sooners scored three runs on two hits before the close of the inning.
However, wins never come easy against the No. 2 team in the country. The Red Raiders cut into the lead in the third inning and eventually to a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth. The move forced Wiles off the mound in favor of Connor Berry.
Once again returning to the heart of the order in the bottom of the fifth, Oklahoma remained steadfast. After a pitching change, Hollas reached on an error after scoring the first run of the game earlier in the afternoon. A single from Flansburg pushed Hollas into scoring position with Walker due up at the plate. Looking a numerous parts in motion on a hit, the Red Raiders opted to throw out Flansburg leaving Hollas sprinting across home to even the score a 4-4.
Turning to J.B. Olson, the Sooner pitcher delivered three hitless innings bringing the game to it’s final three outs before extras. Needing just one swing of the bat, Kyle Mendenhall delivered the Sunday victory into Oklahoma’s hands. A homer ended the afternoon as OU downed Texas Tech 5-4 to complete a series win.
The Sooners have now claimed two series against two Big 12 opponents. Needless to say, this ballclub is playing some of its best baseball since Coach Pete Hughes arrived in Norman.