Brylie Ware was the hero Oklahoma needed on Friday night but it took nine innings of drama filled baseball to set him up for it.
It’s was actually Ware who sparked a 4-run first inning for the Sooners with an RBI single to center field that pushed across Diego Muniz for the game’s first run. Conor McKenna, Ware, and Justin Mitchell all scored in the inning as well in what appeared, at the time, to be a lopsided affair.
TCU ripped off three RBI singles in the top of the third to pull within 4-3 before a Muniz double scored Brandon Zaragoza in the bottom of the frame to give OU a little breathing room.
After the two teams swapped runs in the fifth, the Horned Frogs used a solo home run in the sixth and again in the ninth to even the game and set up Ware’s fantastic finish.
Muniz drew a walk to start the bottom of the ninth and then moved to second on a near perfect bunt from McKenna that resulted in both runners being safe. Next up was Ware who waited until he had two strikes against him before he delivered a walk-off single to left-center field, scoring Muniz from second.
Oklahoma’s 7-6 win snapped a three-game losing streak and put the Sooners up 1-0 in the weekend series with the Horned Frogs.
Jason Ruffcorn picked up his first win on the season to even his record at 1-1. He pitched the ninth inning, allowing the run and striking out two batters.
First pitch in game two is set for 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.