The Oklahoma Sooners defeated TCU by a score 6-3, securing the series victory over the Horned Frogs. OU has now won it’s first three Big 12 series, improving its overall record to 23-10, including a perfect 8-0 in conference play. It’s the Sooners’ best start to conference play since starting 8-0 in 1984.
Senior right-hander Devon Perez (4-0) got the start and the win for the Sooners on Sunday, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Freshman lefty Levi Prater would come in in the bottom of the sixth to get the Sooners out of a jam, but was relieved by junior Austin Hansen with one out in the seventh. Hansen pitched 1.1 innings, recording two strikeouts and allowing only one hit. Braidyn Fink came in for the final out of the eighth, then Connor Berry finished the game and sealed the win, earning his seventh save of the season in the process.
Steele Walker was a man on a mission for the Sooners, crushing two different two-run homers for a total of four RBIs. Freshman Tyler Hardman also had himself quite a day, going a staggering 4-4 at the plate and claiming two RBIs.
Cade Harris got the hitting started for the Sooners in the top of the first with a lead-off single. On the next at-bat, Harris advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Brandon Zaragoza struck out, Walker came in and crushed a two-run homer, giving Oklahoma a 2-0 lead right out of the gate.
Oklahoma’s Brylie Ware kept the hitting going in the top of the second with a leadoff single to center field. A few at-bats later, Hardman also singled to center, sending Brylie Ware home from second base to make it a 3-0 lead for Oklahoma.
TCU finally found some success at the plate in the bottom of the third. Connor Shepherd recorded a lead-off double for the Horned Frogs, then advanced to third after Coby Boulware grounded out for the sacrifice. Connor Wanhanen then grounded out to first, but not before bringing Shepherd home for TCU’s first run of the morning. The inning would eventually come to an end, with Oklahoma still holding a 3-1 advantage.
In the top of the fourth, Ware singled to right center, then Kyle Mendenhall reached on an error by the third baseman, advancing Ware to second. Hardman smacked his second ball in his second at-bat of the morning, singling to left field and sending Ware home to extend the Sooners’ lead to 4-1.
TCU’s Josh Watson opened up the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run out past right field, but that would be the end of it for the Horned Frogs in the inning. Sooners held onto a 4-2 lead.
There would be no more scoring until the bottom of the sixth, when TCU’s Michael Landestoy singled to right center, followed by an A.J. Balta double to the right corner that would send Landestoy home.
In the top of the seventh, Hardman would lead-off for Oklahoma, smacking a single in right field. A few at-bats later, Walker drilled his second two-run homer of the game, pushing the Sooners’ lead back to a comfortable 6-3 advantage, which would prove to be the end of the runs on the day for either side.
Sooners play the Horned Frogs in the final game of the series, which will be televised on FSOK, at 3:00 p.m. Oklahoma has already locked up the series after winning the first two games but can complete the sweep with another win later this afternoon.
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