In the final home game of the season, the Oklahoma Sooners found themselves on the verge of clinching the series. Paired against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Sunday’s rubber match, plenty of offense kept fans on the edge of their seats. In the end, OSU claimed a 10-7 victory and subsequently the series win in Norman.
During the fourth inning, the two teams hit the reset button as the Cowboys evened the score behind a three run frame. Tied up at 4-4, O-State eventually took the lead in the fifth inning on an RBI single. Far removed from the quick start, it appeared as though the Sooners were in a bit of trouble. Heading down the stretch something needed to change.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Oklahoma loaded the bases as Brandon Zaragoza stepped up to the plate with two outs. Settling in on a pitch, the junior zipped one down the right field line sending the runners into motion. As the ball made it’s way into the outfield, Zaragoza sped toward second. Reaching safely, the single swing of the bat put OU back in control of the contest at 6-5.
However, during the eighth inning a three-run blast from the Cowboys all but put the game out of reach. Tacking on an insurance run in the ninth, OSU needed three outs to seal the deal while holding a 10-6 margin.
Finding success at the plate, the Sooners once again loaded the bases — this time with no outs. Driving the ball deep into the outfield, Tyler Hardman’s sac-fly pulled OU within striking distance at 10-7 and one out on the board. Unable to capitalize on the situation, Oklahoma dropped the contest by stranding runners on base.
With one final weekend series before post-season play begins, the Sooners must turn things around.