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Baseball: West Virginia Hopes To Exploit The Oklahoma Sooners' Achilles' Heel

"Pitch away and let their big guys try to let their ego get the best of them to pull the ball for power, and then on the left-handers just mix" has become the achilles heel of Oklahoma, a tactic West Virginia will likely use this weekend.

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Sooners vs. Mountaineers Rubber Match Game Thread

Game 3

Sunday, May 5, 12 p.m. CT

Location

Charleston, W. Va. | Appalachian Power Park

Television

None

Radio

KREF Sportstalk 1400

The Sooners got taken behind the woodshed late in Saturday's game, and now they must win today in order to take the series and retain the top spot in the conference rankings. This is the place to leave your thoughts and opinions on the action.

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Sooners Fall 9-3 Still In First Place...Barely

West Virginia even things up in their series against Oklahoma with a late rally that saw the Mountaineers score eight runs in just three innings. Now with the series to be decided in tomorrow's rubber match Oklahoma also has their first place in the conference standings on the line.

Saturday's Big 12 Scores

Texas

6

Kansas State

3

Austin, Texas

Southern California

0

TCU

3

Los Angeles, Calif.

Kansas

6

Baylor

5

Lawrence, Kan.

West Virginia

9

Oklahoma

3

Appalachian Power Park; Charleston, W. Va.

Texas Tech

Oklahoma State

Lubbock, Texas

Baylor won the second game of their series against Kansas which prevented the Jayhawks from tying Oklahoma for first place. However, it puts both Kansas and Baylor just a half game behind Oklahoma with Kansas State and West Virginia a game behind. The only way the Sooners can survive the weekend with the conference lead intact is to win Sunday's series finale against the Mountaineers.

As for Saturday's game, it was the bullpen that once again was Oklahoma's crutch. After Garrett Carey scored in the top of the fifth to give Oklahoma a 2-1 lead, West Virginia rocked Oklahoma for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to retake the lead. That would end the night for Sooner starter Jake Fisher but not Oklahoma's frustration.

Matt Oberste knocked in Max White in the top of the seventh to pull OU back to within one run at 4-3. That would be as close as Oklahoma would get as the Mountaineers had another huge inning looming. Ralph Garza Jr. gave up five runs in the bottom of the fifth to blow the game open 9-3.

As frustrating as Saturday's loss was for Oklahoma fans, the Sooners can still take the series, thus maintaining the conference lead, with a win on Sunday. First pitch in the game is scheduled for Noon.

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Sooners vs. Mountaineers Game Two

Game 2

Saturday, May 4, 3 p.m. CT

Location

Charleston, W. Va. | Appalachian Power Park

Radio

KREF Sportstalk 1400

Oklahoma squeaked past West Virginia last night in extras. They now lead Baylor by two games and Kansas State by one in the conference standings. Every game matters from this point on. Post all of your thoughts and comments from today's game here.

Boomer!!!

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OU Holds On With 4-3 Win In Series Opener Over WVU

Two of the best squared off on the mound as Oklahoma's Johnathan Gray, leader in Big 12 strikeouts and ERA, was paired against West Virginia's Harrison Musgrave, the national pitcher of the week from two weeks ago.

Friday's Big 12 Scores

West Virginia

3

Oklahoma

4

Appalachian Power Park; Charleston, W. Va.

10 INN

Kansas

3

Baylor

2

Lawrence, Kan.

-

Texas Tech

5

Oklahoma State

2

Lubbock, Texas

-

Texas

2

Kansas State

3

Austin, Texas

-

Southern California

9

TCU

3

Los Angeles, Calif.

-

The duo found themselves in a bit of a dual as the score was tied 2-2 after three innings. After getting off to a rough start, Gray gave up a season high nine hits that allowed three runs in eight innings of work to only six strikeouts. His counterpart, Musgrave looked like his usual self and gave the Mountaineers a one run lead heading into the eighth inning.

Had Musgrave pitched a complete game, we may have been looking at a different outcome but each starter was over 100 pitches in the seventh inning. The decision was made to pull him in favor of Corey Walter. In the top of the eighth, Walter gave up a run to equal the output of three runs a piece.

Oklahoma followed suit and pulled Gray after the eighth for Jacob Evans, a reliable closer, and close he did. Evans gave up a single hit to West Virginia without a run scored in three innings of work which allowed the Oklahoma bats to put the pressure on the home team as the game went into extra innings.

After being in control for most of the game, the Mountaineers and Walter faced a relentless Craig Aiken. With the game on the line, Aiken fouled off four consecutive 2-2 pitches. Finally he connected with a hit to the shortstop that forced the fielder to make a choice. The play resulted in an out at second as Garrett Carey crossed the plate for the game-winning run.

With the win and the Baylor loss, the Sooners find themselves with some breathing room in the conference standings. As of late, the Bears have made a push to regain the top standing over Oklahoma. Of course, OU remains the favorite to win the conference regular season but in a race this close, you never want to drop a series.

Kansas St. is the other team looking to give Oklahoma a run for their money. The meeting between the two teams in the last series of the season could decide who wins the conference outright.

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Baseball: WVU Hopes To Exploit OU's Achilles' Heel

"Pitch away and let their big guys try to let their ego get the best of them to pull the ball for power, and then on the left-handers just mix" has become the achilles heel of Oklahoma, a tactic West Virginia will likely use this weekend.

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