Sophomore Nathan Wiles pitched his way to the fourth win of the season and was backed by a powerful Oklahoma performance from the plate as the Sooners avoided being swept in Lubbock.
Aided by a 2 RBI single from Brady Lindsly, Oklahoma posted three runs on the board in the top of the first to take a lead over Texas Tech that they would never relinquish. The Red Raiders got on the board in the bottom of the second with a solo home run by left fielder Grant Little, but both pitchers settled in after that.
Wiles would move on from the second to pitch five consecutive scoreless innings before the Red Raiders finally got to him for four runs in the bottom of the eighth. The good news for Wiles, and Oklahoma, is that the Sooners came alive from the plate in the top of the seventh.
Cade Harris scored on a wild pitch just before Kyler Murray drove in Brandon Zaragoza on a ground rule double to right-center field. Murray would ultimately come in to score, as well as Lindsly, to cap Oklahoma’s four-run inning.
After scoring two more in the top of the eighth, the Sooners responded to Tech’s four run bottom half by scoring three more in the top of the ninth to make it a 12-5 game.
That score would hold as Austin Hansen struck out two of the three batters he faced in the final frame to seal the win.
Possibly the best thing to come from Sunday’s victory, outside of staving off a series sweep, is that the Sooners were able to close out the game strong. That’s been a struggle for Oklahoma the last two weekends as late rallies from the Texas Longhorns and Red Raiders have cause OU leads evaporate and generate losses. With the Bedlam Series looming that’s certainly a trend Oklahoma would like to reverse.