Oklahoma's Corey Copping threw the first pitch of Tuesday night's game at 6:35 p.m. and some five hours later the Sooners needed a walk-off hit to earn a 9-8 victory over Oral Roberts. That hit was delivered by backup catcher Mac James and if you were watching the game like some OU fans, you know based on how many times the announcers referenced how late it was that the game winning hit could not have come soon enough.
With a four run bottom of the first, few would have thought a fifteen inning affair would have been necessary. That Oklahoma lead would be short-lived however as the Golden Eagles would put up a six spot in their half of the second. They would go on to add two more in the fourth in what would eventually prove to be their final runs of the ball game. Plenty of credit has to go to the OU bullpen for holding Oral Roberts scoreless over the next eleven innings.
The Oklahoma offense would plate two sixth, then two more in the seventh to tie the game up. Over the next several innings the Sooners had any number of chances to win the game, but failed to get the necessary timely hit with runners in scoring position. That is until the aforementioned fifteenth inning and the walk off single delivered by James.
Freshman pitcher Jacob Evans, one of six OU pitchers used in the game, earned the win with five scoreless innings of work in relief. Matt Oberste extended his now 25-game hitting streak batting 4-for-6 in the game and walking twice. Freshman outfielder Hunter Haley also went 4-for-6 in the game, the four hits a career high, and two RBI.
The Sooners will conclude the two game set Wednesday night in L. Dale Mitchell with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CST).