Taking their talents on the road, the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners squared off with the No. 4 Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas. Hoping to begin the weekend with a win, Skip Johnson’s ball club held a 3-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Following an unfortunate series of events, the Sooners gave away the game in extra innings. The final, 5-4 in favor of the Red Raiders.
Pitching into the ninth inning, Jake Irvin found himself in a bit of trouble. Attempting to preserve the win, the coaching staff sent Levi Prater out in relief. The left-handed pitcher would be the second of five to take the mound in the bottom of the frame. Eventually Connor Berry would be handed the ball only to walk the tying run in with a single out. Needing a clutch play, Brylie Ware stepped up with a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
In extras, Oklahoma seized an opportunity with two outs and a runner in scoring position. In one swing of the bat, Brandon Zaragoza placed the ball in left field sending the base runner into motion. The RBI-double allowed Blake Brewster to score from second putting the pressure back on the home team.
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An injury during the warm-up in the middle of the inning forced Cade Cavalli to the mound from first. Unexperienced at the position in collegiate play, the freshman made the most of the situation. Allowing one run to score, a costly error provided the winning run. Cavalli balked ending the outing.
The two will take to the diamond once again as the Sooners look to even the series and force a rubber match on Sunday.