After dropping a horrible 6-1 decision on Friday night against #10 Texas Tech the Sooners were able to come back on Saturday and even the series behind a complete game performance from Alec Hansen, who fanned 10 batters and gave up just two runs off three hits. Kolby Carpenter knocked in three RBI and while Pete Hughes was saving his bullpen by riding with Hansen, the Red Raiders were burning through theirs while OU forced a Sunday rubber match with a 5-2 win.
That stockpile of Arms paid off for Hughes on Sunday as he used four different hurlers to keep the Red Raiders at bay while senior Taylor Alspaugh was having the game of his career. Oklahoma starter Adam Choplick didn't make it through the first inning as Tech teed off on him. The first four Red Raider batters reached safely, two by walk, and Hughes made the switch after falling behind 1-0 with the bases loaded.
Robert Tasin took the mound next. He worked the Sooners out of the bases loaded jam and then was strong over the next four innings. Only two of the next twenty Texas Tech batters recorded a hit as Tasin allowen no runs. The performance earned Tasin his fourth win of the season (4-1) and secured Oklahoma a series victory in their first Big 12 weekend.
Keaton Hernandez and Jacob Evans closed out the game for Oklahoma by taking the mound for the final 3.2 innings. Hernandez gave up Tech's second run in the seventh before Evans took the mound to complete his second save of the season.
While a barrage of Oklahoma pitchers were keeping Texas Tech off the bases, Taylor Alspaugh was going 4-for-4 from the plate. To put that into a bit of perspective, the Red Raiders only had five hits for the entire game. He tied the game in the bottom of the first when he scored on a fielding error, after reaching base on a double, and then put the Sooners up 2-1 in the third when he knocked in Kyle Mendenhall on a single in the third.
Oklahoma's final run in Sunday's 3-2 win came in the fifth on a Kolby Carpenter single that scored Chris Shaw. The weekend improved Oklahoma's season record to 17-8 and 2-1 in conference play.