Oklahoma's second game of their series against Alabama State provided for some drama thinks solid pitching on both sides. It took the Sooners into their final out in the ninth inning to get the clutch hit they had been needing all afternoon and to be honest it couldn't have come at a better time.
Oklahoma didn't necessarily have a problem getting runners on base. Their struggle was moving them around the bases to score. OU left runners stranded in every inning except for three for a total of twelve base runners wasted. Alabama State wasn't much better with a total of seven runners stranded.
Saturday's Big XII Baseball Scores
Oklahoma 2, Alabama State 1
Oklahoma State 5, Texas Tech 2
Missouri 4, Kansas State 3
Baylor 1, Texas A&M 0
Texas 3, Kansas 0
The Hornets struck first by scoring Leo Rojas in the top of the fourth on a Derrick Sanders ground out. Oklahoma matched the run three innings later when Jack Mayfield scored on a Cody Reine hit.
The two teams would remain even until the final frame when Oklahoma looked as if they might leave more runners stranded and send the game into extras. After Jack Mayfield flied out to start the inning, Max White singled to center field and was moved on to second when Reine walked. Evan Mistich then popped out to third base bring up a slumping Hunter Lockwood who was 0-for-4 on the day. In one slump busting swing of the bat Lockwood ended the game and revived his batting average once again. His single up the middle scored White and extended Oklahoma's winning streak to seven games.
Jonathan Gray started the game and pitched six solid innings. He allowed just six hits and one run while striking out eight of the 27 batters he faced. However, the win will go to Steven Okert who pitched three no-hit innings of relief to improve his record to 6-4.
Oklahoma will attempt a sweep of the Hornets tomorrow, beginning at 1:00.