Don't look now but the Oklahoma Sooners are tied at the top of the Big 12 Conference standings. A week that started with OU getting obliterated in Stillwater, on Tuesday night, ended on Sunday with Oklahoma taking their series against Texas, in Austin, and earning a tie for first place in the conference.
After splitting the first two games of the series, the Sooners and Longhorns faced off in a Sunday rubber match. At stake was not just the series but possibly the season for two teams that have faced their share of successes and struggles this season. With Oklahoma State dropping their weekend series at Kansas, OU also had an opportunity to make their way to the top of the standings.
The Sooners scattered three runs through the first six innings, with single marks being put on the board in the second, fourth, and sixth innings, while Robert Tasin and Jacob Evans limited the Longhorns to just two runs despite allowing eleven hits.
For the first time in the weekend series Oklahoma took a lead over Texas in regulation when Kolbey Carpenter drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Sheldon Neuse in the top of the second. The Longhorns would tie the game in the bottom half of the inning only to see OU regain the lead in the fourth when Carpenter knocked in Hunter Haley. A much needed insurance run came in the 6th when it was Carpenter who got to cross home plate off the bat of Taylor Alspaugh.
Texas scored their second run in the bottom of the eighth when Tres Barrera crossed the dish but Jacob Evans was eventually able to retire the side and then sit the Longhorns down in order in the ninth including a game-clinching strike out to draw the series to a close.
Carpenter was 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI and was one of just three OU batters to record multiple hits in the game. Sheldon Neuse went 2-of-3 and pitcher Robert Tasin was 2-of-5.