Oklahoma limped into Friday's Big 12/Pac 12 challenge needing a boost. The Sooners had lost two consecutive games and hadn't beaten a Pac 12 team since 2013. Sophomore pitcher Jake Elliott confidently stepped to the mound and boosted the team's confidence with pitch after pitch. On Monday the 6-7/210 right-handed flamethrower was named as the Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week. On Friday he delivered a seven-inning performance where he gave up just a single run, off three hits, and struck out seven.
Sixty feet away from the pitcher's mound Oklahoma put a pounding on Washington's pitchers. The Sooners produced ten runs off eight hits and showed the patience to take advantage of six free passes. Junior Kolby Carpenter sent a three-run blast over the left-center field wall to cap a four-run fourth inning. Keeping the Huskies off the board until the seventh inning, the Sooners tacked up two more runs in the sixth before exploding for four more in the eighth. Carpenter and sophomore Austin O'Brien crossed home plate a team-high three times each. O'Brien earned his by going 2-for-3 from the plate and drawing a walk.
The win pushed Oklahoma's season record back to .500 at 4-4. Up next for the Sooners in the Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge is Oregon State.
* Friday marked the seventh different lineup in eight games for Oklahoma
* Huskies starter Tyler Davis hadn't given up a home run since 2013. That streak ended when Carpenter took him deep in the third for his second long ball of the season.
* In each of Oklahoma's four wins this season the Sooners have held opponents to a single run.
* The last time OU beat a Pac 12 school was on March 9, 2013 when they downed UCLA 4-0.
* The Sooners are now 2-0 all-time against Washington in baseball.