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Sooners Explode For 9 Middle Inning Runs To Take Series From Mountaineers

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A series that began with two close games got out of control in the finale on Sunday when the Oklahoma Sooners pelted West Virginia for 10 runs off 15 hits. As the game approached the midway point it appeared as if it was on the same course that saw a late-inning home run win it for the Sooners on Friday with the same feat giving the Mountaineers a win on Saturday, but instead it veered course towards a convincing win for OU.

The 23rd ranked Sooners got the scoring going in the top of the first when a two-out single by Anthony Hermelyn scored Craig Aikin but West Virginia responded by plating two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead. The score would remain that way over the next three innings as the two teams exchanged zeros on the scoreboard.

Oklahoma batted through the lineup in the top of the fifth with Aikin, Hermelyn, Sheldon Neuse and Hunter Haley all recording RBI's. In all the Sooners would plate five runs in the inning, off four hits, and take control of the game. OU wouldn't look back either as they would plate four more runs in the top of the sixth to get to the final score of 10-2.

Kolbey Carpenter and Hunter Haley both produced three hits on the day with and Aikin had four. After giving up two runs in the first frame, OU starter Robert Tasin kept the Mountaineers off the board on his way to 7.2 strong innings in which he only allowed six hits. He also produced a 2-RBI single in the top of the sixth to help secure his seventh win of the season. Jacob Evans entered the game in relief of Tasin and closed out the game by striking out all four batters he faced.

The Sooners improved their record to 26-16 on the season and 10-5 in Big 12 play. It's the second weekend in a row that they've picked up a conference series on the road after taking two of three from Texas last weekend.