Friday night's series opener against West Virginia was a classic pitcher's duel in every sense of the term. Oklahoma's Jake Elliott and the Mountaineers' BJ Myers sat down batters with regularity as both teams struggled to get on base against the barrage of pitches coming in from the mound. Both went seven plus innings in their outing and both gave up just a handful of hits on the evening.
In 7.1 innings of work Elliott gave up just two hits and struck out eight batters in holding West Virginia scoreless for the first time this season. Justin Fox and Jackson Cramer were the only two Mountaineers to register a hit against Elliott on the night as Oklahoma's junior improved his season record to 4-3.
Myers was just as dominant from the mound, for West Virginia, until Carpenter connected in the eighth inning for his seventh home run of the season. Hunter Haley led off the frame with a single up the left side and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Josh Ake. With Haley just ninety feet away from breaking the scoreless tie, Carpenter got the green light and crushed the ball over the fence in left-center field.
Oklahoma's 2-0 lead would remain intact as Elliott would give way to Ralph Garza Jr. with one out in the bottom of the eighth and then Jacob Evanscame in to throw a perfect ninth with all three of his victims coming via strike out. In doing so, Evans recorded his fifth save of the season.
Alec Hansen will take the mound for Oklahoma on Saturday as the 23rd ranked Sooners gun for the series win. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 Central.