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Oklahoma Sooners Claim Series With 4-3 Win Over Kansas St. Wildcats

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Rich DeCray

On Sunday, the Oklahoma Sooners clinched the conference series over the Kansas St. Wildcats by a score of 4-3. Jumping out to an early 3-0 in the first inning, Pete Hughes leaned upon the pitching staff to secure the victory. The Sooners now stand 32-22 overall and 13-8 in conference play.

Craig Aikin stepped into the box to set the tone for the afternoon. Singling, Aikin moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt and later crossed home for the first run of the day on a Kolbey Carpenter triple off the right field wall. Following up the series of hits, Anthony Hermelyn got involved with an RBI-double to the left. Finally, Robert Tasin brought Hermelyn home on a single claiming a 3-0 lead. Needless to say, that momentum spilled over to the mound.

After struggling a bit in Bedlam, Alec Hansen returned to bump. With a special arm capable of hitting triple digits on the radar gun, the sophomore gave OU five solid innings. Refusing to give up a single walk on Sunday, Hansen recorded his fifth win of the season to show signs of improvement before passing the reigns off to Ralph Garza and Jacob Evans.

The Sooners added to the lead with another run in the 4th inning but Kansas St. battled back, making it a game. Plating a single run in the 5th inning, the Wildcats made the most of two walks and a hit batter in the next frame to pull within one. For the second out of the inning, Taylor Alspaugh gunned down a runner at the plate.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Garza and Evans shout out the Wildcats for the final three innings. Oklahoma returns home this Tuesday for a mid-week non-conference match-up slated to start at 6 PM before taking on the TCU Horned Frogs over the weekend.