Looking to end the weekend on a high note, the Oklahoma Sooners secured a 5-3 win over in-state rival, the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sunday evening. The win snaps a season high five-game losing streak for the Sooners. Now standing 30-21 overall, OU hopes to build momentum with the post season looming just around the corner.
For the third consecutive game, fans witnessed the Sooners take a quick first inning lead. Jumping out of the gate Taylor Alspaugh reached base by a four-ball count and advanced to third on a double by Kolbey Carpenter. Finally, Alspaugh crossed the plate on an RBI-groundout from Anthony Hermelyn as Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead.
The effort from the plate chased RHP Carson LaRue from the mound. The Cowboys starting pitcher gave up two runs, three hits, and two walks in 1.2 innings time. By the time the second inning came to a close, Oklahoma extended their lead to 2-0.
However, Oklahoma State answered in the fifth with a two run blast from Donnie Walton. Immediately, the potential for things to fall apart accompanied by the "oh no, here we go again" mindset crept in. Instead, OU settled in regaining the lead in the bottom half of the inning.
Ryan Sluder recorded the final hit and final run of the evening for the Cowboys with a solo shot to left center to start off the sixth inning.
Finding themselves in a tie game once again, Jacob Evans stepped onto the field in 3.1 innings of relief. Giving up a single hit, Evans pulled much of the pressure of the batters and eliminated the need to score in bunches. Yet, Oklahoma still needed a hero. With two outs away in the seventh, a Bedlam hero was born. Junior catcher, Hermelyn cranked a two run homerun giving OU a 5-3 lead which proved to be the game winning score.