Oklahoma's Cody Reine scored the winning run against Missouri on a Garrett Carey walk-off single. Photo via www.amsterdammohawks.com
There are crazy games and then there is what happened on Friday night in Norman. Sooner starter Dillon Overton struck out the first batter he faced in the game and then nearly seven hours later Garrett Carey won it with a walk-off single. In between those two plays was utter chaos.
The game was suspended in the top of the second inning for a weather delay. A tornado would touchdown near the OU campus and two storms would pass through the area before the game could resume. When the game resumed Missouri's first batter, Dane Opel, went yard with a two run blast that would put the Tigers up 2-0.
Friday Night Big XII Baseball Scores
Texas Tech 14, Houston 4
Baylor 5, Kansas State 2
Texas A&M 8, Kansas 0
Oklahoma State 3, Texas 1
Oklahoma 6, Missouri 5
Mizzou added to their lead in the top of the fourth when Scott Sommerfeld knocked in Eric Garcia for a 3-0 lead. The Sooners would chip away at the lead in the bottom of the inning when Caleb Bushyhead and Max White scored on an Evan Mistich double to draw Oklahoma to within 3-2.
Two innings later OU would strike again to take a 4-3 lead. Hunter Lockwood would cross the plate, to tie the game at 3-3, on a Cody Reine triple and then Reine scored to give the Sooners the lead on a Garrett Carey double. Oklahoma seemed to have taken control but the game was far from being over.
Oklahoma seemed to be in trouble in the top of the seventh but Steven Okert struck out Michael McGraw to leave two Missouri runners stranded. OU wouldn't be as luck in the ninth though. With the Sooners just an out away from the win Garret Carey booted a ball that was hit to him at third base allowing Missouri's Garcia to score the tying run and ultimately send the game into extra innings.
The Tigers regained the lead in the top of the tenth when Scott Sommerfield scored on a Blake Brown single to right field. With their backs against the wall the Oklahoma bats came alive once again in the bottom of the tenth.
Caleb Bushyhead singled to start the inning off for Oklahoma and then advanced to second on a Max White sacrifice. After Hunter Lockwood grounded out to third base, to put the Tigers just one out away from winning, Missouri decided to intentionally walk Reine and bring up Mistich instead. Remaining clutch with the game on the line, Mistich doubled down the left field line to score Bushyhead and put Reine (who was intentionally walked) on third.
Carey was up next and this time all he needed was a single. His shot to left field allowed Reine to score and gave the Sooners a 6-5 win. It was Carey's second, and most important, RBI of the game.
Overton went 5.1 innings in the start. Put in the difficult situation of retaking the mound after the weather delay, he gave up three runs off eight hits. It should be noted though that before the delay he had struck out three of the five batters he had faced. Okert came in for relief and gave Oklahoma 3.2 innings of work. He allowed one run to score on three hits and struck out five batters. Jordan John pitched the extra inning and earned the win to improve his record to 5-4 on the season.
Game two of the series is now set for an 11:00 am start in an effort to get done before more severe weather can move into the area.