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Alspaugh Leads Sooners To Victory With Walk Off Hit In Extras

Stop me if you've heard this before. Junior outfielder Taylor Alspaugh only recorded one hit in Oklahoma's baseball game against Belmont on Friday night but it was the hit of the game. Following his tenth inning home run against UTA on Tuesday night, Alspaugh singled to left-center field, in the bottom of the 10th, on Friday night to provide the Sooners with their first walk off win of the season.

Belmont was able to build a 3-1 win through the first three innings of the game, thanks to four hits off Sooner starter Corey Copping, and kept the Sooners in check, offensively for most of the night. Oklahoma tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the opening frame when Craig Aiking scored when Niko Buentello grounded into a double-play.

The Bruins came storming back in the third, posting two more runs to take a 3-1 lead. The Sooners would then chip away at it for the rest of the game. Oklahoma added a run when Hunter Haley scored on a Hector Lorenzana single to the third base side. Oklahoma would then tie the game in the bottom of the ninth when Kolby Carpenter was able to sneak home on a wild pitch.

With the game tied 3-3, the stage was set for Alspaugh once again. Stepping to the plate, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, Alspaugh sent the first pitch he faced for a ride. The hit scored Tyler Coolbaugh, who had come in to run for Neuse after he had reached third base off a double and then advancement by a Dylan Neal sacrifice bunt.

Eight Sooners recorded a hit in the game but none recorded more than one. Belmont was held to seven hits from seven different players as well.

Ralph Garza, Jr picked up his second win of the season by pitching a perfect tenth inning. His appearance came on the heels of a three inning, 3 run performance by starter Corey Copping and six scoreless innings of relief by Kyle Hayes (4) and Drew Krittenbrink (2).

The Sooners have now won back-to-back games following a loss four times this season. They'll take their two-game winning streak into Saturday evenings game two match up with the Bruins.