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If you're keeping track at home, Jacob Evans became the sixth weekly award winner for Oklahoma's baseball program this season. On Monday Evans joined Matt Oberste (twice), Dillon Overton, and Jonathan Gray (twice) in earning conference accolades.
A freshman left-handed pitcher from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Evans threw 8.1 scoreless innings of relief against TCU over the weekend to earn his fourth save (Saturday) and fourth win (Sunday) on the season. He currently has a 0.71 ERA on the season and has fanned 23 batters, to just four walks, in 25.1 innings of work. He struck out nine TCU batters over the weekend and has not allowed a run to score in his last ten innings of work.
Freshman Hunter Haley provided the extra inning heroics for Oklahoma on Sunday with a walk-off single to earn the Sooners a 4-3 victory and series sweep over TCU. It was the second extra inning game of the weekend with the two teams playing bonus baseball in Friday's contest as well.
TCU jumped out to a 3-0 with two in the third and another in the fourth, but OU would chip away at the lead with a run of their own in the fifth before tying it in the following inning. And that was all the scoring until Haley's game-winning hit in the bottom of the tenth.
In what could only be described as a 'group effort' from the OU bullpen, the Sooners used five different pitchers (all left-handers ironically enough) including starter Adam Choplick who only lasted through the first three innings. Billy Waltrip, Jake Fisher, Ethan Carnes, and Jacob Evans would pitch the next seven innings and allow only one unearned run.
In addition to Haley, the stars of the game at the plate for Oklahoma were center fielder Craig Aikin and catcher Anthony Hermelyn. Aikin had three hits and a somewhat rare RBI, while Hermelyn also had three hits and two big RBI which tied the game up at three for OU in the sixth inning.
The game however was not without controversy, albeit having nothing to do with the happenings on the diamond. As pointed out by the Oklahoma Daily's Jono Greco, the program record hitting streak we all believed Matt Oberste had recently broken apparently is in question.
So, ummm, Matt Oberste may not actually have the record…. More to come. #OU— Jono.Greco. (@jonogreco13) March 24, 2013
Looks like Oberste's hit streak is only at 25. Went 0-3 in his last game against SC last year, computer hiccups forgot those games. #OU— Jono.Greco. (@jonogreco13) March 24, 2013
So, basically for all the times you've seen his hitting streak referenced back to last season appears to have been incorrect. He still has a hitting streak, it's just not quite as long as once believed since it started in Oklahoma's first game this season. Oberste had two more hits in Sunday's game, OU's 26th of the season thus putting Oberste's hit streak at....you guessed it, 26 games.
With the win, Oklahoma now moves to 22-4 on the season and 3-0 in Big 12 play. The Sooners return to action Tuesday in Tulsa with a one game midweek set against Oral Roberts.
The Sooners will got for the series sweep today with Adam Choplick expected to get the start for OU on what could be an interesting game considering the weather in Norman.
If you're by a television, you can watch along with us on Fox College Sports.
Oklahoma starter Dillon Overton scattered seven hits over five and two thirds allowing just one run to earn his sixth win on the season and help extend the OU winning streak to nine game. With the 3-1 win on Saturday, the Sooners earned a series victory over their Big 12 Conference foe TCU and will look for a series sweep on Sunday.
Oklahoma pitchers Corey Copping and Jacob Evans each pitched an inning and two thirds of shutout baseball out of the bullpen, with Evans recording the save for his work in the game.
The other major storyline in the game was Matt Oberste and his program tying 27-game hitting streak. Well, Oberste now stands alone in the Oklahoma record books after his opposite field single in the sixth inning pushing his hit streak to a now 28 consecutive games.
In a bit of an odd stat, senior Max White recorded the only Oklahoma RBI in the game as two TCU errors contributed to OU's other two runs in the game.
As we mentioned above, the Sooners will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon in L. Dale Mitchell Park with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. (CST). The game can once again been seen on Fox Sports Southwest or on the radio at KREF Sports Talk 1400.
After an extra inning affair Friday afternoon in which the Sooners came away with a 3-2 victory, the two Big 12 foes face-off again on Saturday in the second of their three game series.
Lefty Dillon Overton (5-1, 3.13 ERA, 37.1 IP, 8 BB, 35 SO) is expected to get the start for the Sooners while Brandon Finnegan (0-3, 3.18 ERA, 28.1 IP, 13 BB, 29 SO) should get the start for TCU.
Oklahoma puts their eight game winning streak on the line while Matt Oberste can set a program record with a 28-game hitting streak if he can put one in play Saturday afternoon.
First pitch is set for 2 p.m. (CST) and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest.
Oklahoma extended their win streak to eight games Friday afternoon with a twelve inning win against TCU in OU's Big 12 conference opener. It was the Sooners second extra inning win this week after beating Oral Roberts Tuesday night in fifteen innings.
The two teams traded a run early before the Sooners would take a 2-1 lead in their half of the eighth inning in what looked to be the game-winning run. However, TCU would tie the game in the ninth with a sacrifice fly to center field just deep enough to drive in the runner.
Oklahoma would load the bases in the bottom of the twelfth before a passed ball allowed Max White to score the game-winning run.
While starter Jonathan Gray did not factor in the final decision, the OU ace had yet another fantastic performance pitching nine innings with twelve strikeouts and allowing just the two runs (one earned). The Sooners also received three shutout innings from their bullpen in the form of Jake Fisher and Ethan Carnes, the latter of whom would record the victory.
In addition to Oklahoma's win streak, junior Matt Oberste had a 26-game hitting streak on the line and for most of the game it looked as though it would come to an end. Oberste was 0-for-4 in five plate appearances (one walk) prior to his at-bat in the 12th inning when he would send a double to left field. With that hit, Oberste is now tied with Marty Neff (1991) for the longest hit streak in program history.
Oklahoma will go for the series win in Game Two on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for shortly after 2 p.m. (CST). The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest as well as on the radio at KREF Sports Talk 1400.
Oklahoma opens Big 12 Conference play with the first of a three game series Friday afternoon against TCU. The Horned Frogs were picked in the preseason as a co-favorite along with the Sooners, but have started out the season much slower than expected. TCU currently stands at 9-11 on the season and 1-2 in Big 12 play having already opened their conference season.
Friday's game, with first pitched scheduled for shortly after 2 p.m. (CST), should feature a very good pitching match-up between Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray (4-1, 1.51 ERA, 35.2 IP, 8 BB, 39 SO) and TCU's Preston Morrison (3-1, 0.96 ERA, 37.2 IP, 5 BB, 26 SO).
The Sooners enter the series with two significant streaks on the line, their own seven-game winning streak as well as Matt Oberste's 26-game hitting streak (dating back to last season).
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 52-21, but dropped both meetings with TCU last season.
Matt Oberste has been absolutely on fire for Oklahoma this baseball season. With a team-high .500 batting average, he leads the Big 12 in just about every batting category. He has knocked in 32 RBI this season with seven home runs while tallying up a total of 79 total bases. However, the number that has everyone's attention to this point is 26.