The Oklahoma Sooners Baseball program entered the season inside the top twenty-five but dropped the first two games of a four game series against Northwestern to start the year. While it may not have been a cause for panic, it certainly was not the start Pete Hughes was hoping for during the 2016 campaign.
Bouncing back to rattling off a five game win streak on the west coast before the start of conference play, this group seemed to be pulling together at the right moment. Unfortunately, the Sooners found themselves 0-3 to start conference play after being swept by the Texas Tech Red Raiders. As the ups and downs have continued, how did Oklahoma do the past week?
Hosting the Texas Longhorns in Norman in the first home conference series of the year, Chris Andritsos took the mound. Through 7.2 innings of work, the freshman from The Woodlands limited the Longhorn offense to five hits along with one run. With a solid start from the pitching staff, the offense simply needed to keep pace.
Knocking one out of the park, Jack Flansburg got things started off as three runs crossed the plate. Join in on the fun, Austin O'Brien and Domenic DeRenzo collected homeruns polishing off Texas by a final of 6-1. Dropping the second game of the series 5-3 after a four run first inning set up a rubber match over the weekend.
Knotting things up in the sixth at 3-3, Oklahoma finally got a chance to put the game away after loading the bases in the ninth inning. Stepping up to plate, Ben Hollas delivered a line drive. Stretching to make the catch, the right fielder knew the game was over when the ball bounced off his glove allowing the winning run to come home.
With a series win, confidence must have reached a high as the Sooners posted a 12-2 win over Dallas Baptist on Tuesday. Unable to best DBU in the last eight attempts, OU drove home 11 runs in the first three innings to gain control of the game. From that point on, there was no looking back.
Oklahoma takes on the Baylor Bears this upcoming weekend looking for yet another series win.