Update: Pete Hughes suffered from chest pains Saturday afternoon and was taken to a heart hospital. Here is the official statement from the university.
On a sunny afternoon in Norman, Oklahoma, the Sam Houston State Bearkats pushed a run across the plate in the 7th inning finding themselves in a familiar place...tied with the Oklahoma Sooners. Unfortunately there were no late game heroics this go around for Oklahoma. Now taking the field with a runner on second and two outs on the board, a fly ball hit the ground in right field giving the Bearkats the game-winning run. LHP Logan Boyd and relief RHP Alex Bisacca combined for seven hitless innings to hold the home team at bay. The effort from the mound helped seal the 4-3 victory in 11 innings for the Bearkats.
OU now stands 29-17 on the season and will look to clinch the series win in the rubber match on Sunday.
Starting pitcher, Alec Hansen gave up a run on multiple hits in the 1st inning while the opponent settled in. Not to be outdone, the Sooners answered in the bottom half of the inning without recording a hit as Taylor Alspaugh scored on a dropped ball lost in the sun knotting the score up at 1-1.
Yet, Sam Houston continued to control the game once again taking the lead in the 4th by drawing a walk for the leadoff hitter. All it took was a ball through the gap to from Jake MacMillan to score Bryce Johnson. Once again, Oklahoma answered in the bottom half of the inning as fans witness Chris Shaw hammer a two-run blast out of the park. The homer from Shaw was the final hit of the afternoon for the Sooners.
Ralph Garza took the mound in the 11th inning tied 3-3 and drilled the first batter he faced. The runner would prove to be costly as yet another ball was lost in the glaring sun. As it fell into right field, pinch-runner Ryan Farney took off from second rounding third and finally crossing the plate to put all the pressure back on the Sooners.
Without an answer, OU must wait until tomorrow to settle the vendetta while Garza took the loss.