Heading into this Mid-Week game, Oklahoma had a shot to solidify themselves as an NCAA Tournament team. Coming off a series sweet against the #2 Baylor Bears, the Sooners had proven once again that they can compete with the best in the nation. The game against TCU was stacking up to be a great one as both teams found themselves in the top 25. However, OU would drop the game 1-0 after a great outing by Dillon Overton, the player I put under fire for under performing late in the season. I guess the message was received and responded to...
Dillon Overton was to pitch a complete game tonight. With everything he had, he gave the Sooners a chance to continue their win streak in the seven game home stand. In 9 innings, Overton allowed six hits while recording five strike outs. The biggest stat of the night is that Overton did not walk a single batter. This would mark Overton's third complete game of the season.
The first run to cross the plate would prove to be winning run in the first inning. TCU plated a runner (unearned) on a double to right field after a Cody Reine made a two-base error. It would appear that one run was all it was going to take as Horned Frog starter Brandon Finnegan took his no-hitter into the eighth inning.
The no-no did not mean the Sooners weren't getting runners on base as three batters reached on errors and another was hit by a pitch. The chances were there but Oklahoma really got it going in the eighth...or so it would have appeared. Caleb Bushyhead laid down a bunt giving OU runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. This would end Finnegan's night and his chance at no-hitter.
From there, Justin Scharf would take over quickly getting out of the jam as Chase Simpson failed on a sac-bunt, Tanner Toal struckout, and Erik Ross popped one up. A golden chance at taking control of the game came crashing down in the blink of an eye.
The Sooners would then make a push in the bottom of the ninth with Reine getting hit by the pitch as the lead-off. Max White knocked one through the gap of the infield and reached on fielder's choice while Reine was thrown out at third. Matt Oberste would also reach on a fielder's choice but again the runner would be thrown out, this time it was White. For the final out would come after Jack Mayfield recorded a single and Evan Mistich would strike out looking. Could this be as epic as Carlos Beltran's disaster in the playoffs as it may have eliminated the Sooners from NCAA contention?