Oklahoma's Dillon Overton earned his 5th win on Tuesday night. Photo via collegebaseball360.com
Oklahoma overcame another slow offensive start to beat ORU 6-3 on Tuesday night and win their fifth consecutive game in a row. For the fourth time in a row the Sooners had to come from behind to secure a win and at least through the first four innings it appeared as if the winning streak might be stopped at four games.
ORU scored in the bottom of the first on Cam Schiller's single, that scored Logan Domenico, and held the Sooners without a hit until the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Joe Spring retired nine consecutive Sooner batters over the first three innings. Philip Wilson came in for Spring to start the fourth and kept the streak going by getting Erik Ross and Jack Mayfield to ground out before striking out Caleb Bushyhead.
Tuesday Night Big XII Baseball Scores
Baylor 15, Texas A&M CC 2
Rice 5, Texas A&M 4
Wichita State 2, Oklahoma State 1
Oklahoma 6, ORU 3
Kansas State 4, Northern Colorado 3
New Mexico 10, Texas Tech 3
Texas 2, Texas State 0
Kansas 7, Baker 3
Oklahoma finally got some offense going in the fifth when Max White led off with a walk and the advanced to second two batters later on a Cody Reine single. That would be the end of Wilson and ORU would bring in Dan Martony who would promptly offer up a two-RBI double to Evan Mistich, giving OU a 2-1 lead which quickly grew to 3-1 when Garrett Carey knocked in Mistich with a sacrifice on the next at bat.
The Golden Eagles added one run in the bottom of the fifth Domenico scored again on a Jose Trevino single. However, the big story for the Sooners in the fifth is that Dillon Overton came in to relieve starter Damien Magnifico who had left the bases loaded and the inning would end with OU having an advantage of 3-2.
The two teams would swap runs in the eighth inning to keep it a one-run game going into the final frame where Oklahoma would take advantage of Kurt Giller who was ORU's final pitcher of the night. Mayfield led off the inning with a single and then was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bushyhead. Max White was then intentionally walked and then both runners would advance a base to second and third on a wild pitch. Hunter Lockwood's single, as the next batter, would score both Mayfield and White to give OU a more comfortable 6-3 win.
Starting pitcher Damien Magnifico didn't draw a decision in the game as he put it in jeopardy in the fifth. Instead it was Overton, who pitched the final five innings, who drew the win. Overton gave up just a single run on four hits while striking out seven batters. His season record improves to 5-1 with Tuesday night's win.
The Sooners are home this weekend for a three-game series against Alabama State.