Damien Magnifico picked up the win on Sunday after coming in to relieve Dillon Overton. Photo viawww.foxsportssouthwest.com
Well...it appears that the Oklahoma baseball season may not be over with after all. After losing the Bedlam Series last weekend Sooner fans pretty much thought that their team was dead in the water, even though there was one conference series left on the season. Who can blame them? Baylor was #2 in the nation and unblemished in conference play. With all due respect to our friends up north, if OU couldn't win a series against O-State then they were going to be hopeless against Baylor. Many of us saw a sweep coming and that's exactly what happened....just not the way we saw it coming.
After taking both games in Saturday's double-header Oklahoma had wrapped up the series, and made a strong case towards their NCAA hopes, regardless of what happened on Sunday. The Sooners entered game three of the series with an RPI ranking of 55 which makes them a player again for the tournament but a sweep was really what they needed.
For the second game in a row OU got on the board in the bottom of the first, taking a 1-0 lead when Erik Ross scored off a Jack Mayfield single. Baylor responded with three runs in the top of the second and it appeared that the Sooners had come back down to earth. That was until the bottom of the inning when Oklahoma plated two more runs to even things up at 3-3 and it was clear that this was going to be a dogfight.
Baylor went ahead by one run in the third and the 4-3 score held until the bottom of the fifth when the Sooners pulled away. Cody Reine, Max White and Matt Oberste all scored in the inning to put OU up 6-4. Oklahoma then added two more runs in the seventh and when Baylor tried to get back into the game by scoring twice in the top of the eighth Oklahoma closed the door by scoring four more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Jack Mayfield knocked in four of Oklahoma's 12 runs with a 3-for-4 four performance from the plate. Damien Magnifico scored the win, after coming in for starter Dillon Overton and pitching 5.1 innings.
The Sooner host #24 TCU on Tuesday night and then Samford over the weekend.