OU (30-11) has won eight straight games against Texas Christian (29-13), and head coach Sunny Golloway admits that he doesn't know why that is considering how good the Horned Frogs have been in the two team's last two meetings.
"I can't explain the eight in a row," he said. "I can't explain nine out of 11 meetings since I've taken over against them because they're such a good program. I can't explain it, but I know this: every ballgame's a good ballgame."
And Tuesday's game was no different.
The Sooners didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard.
Junior shortstop Caleb Bushyhead and junior third baseman Garrett Buechele smashed back-to-back doubles in the first to plate the game's first run, and OU benefited from multiple errors in the second to take the 3-0 lead.
"[Getting ahead early is] big in every ballgame," said junior designated hitter Evan Mistich, who went 3-for-4. "We want to come out and get on teams early. That's a huge thing on the road, too. You want to come out and hit them first."
But junior pitcher Bobby Shore couldn't keep the early three-run lead secure.
He gave up a run in the second on a sac-fly to right with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second and, after an RBI triple by senior left fielder Casey Johnson, allowed an RBI single to left to cut the Sooners' lead to 4-2.
Although Shore hadn't thrown too many pitches and wasn't throwing the worst game he had as a starter this year, head coach Sunny Golloway opted to go with freshman southpaw Dillon Overton.
Shore allowed two runs on four hits, struck out three and walked two in his three innings. Even though he didn't go the required amount of innings, Shore was credited with the victory because he was given a predetermined start.
Overton didn't fare much better in his first inning of relief.
He gave up a solo homer to senior first baseman Joe Weik, the second batter the lefty faced, and allowed two more runners to reach base before settling down and mowing through Texas Christian hitters.
Overton threw three perfect innings after the shaky first inning, which was more than enough time for the Sooners to build their lead.
After two scoreless trips to the plate in the fourth and fifth, junior center fielder Erik Ross put OU back on the scoreboard and extended its lead to 5-3 with a two-out RBI single in the sixth.
Overton lasted four innings and the homer was the only run and hit he gave up during his 58-pitch outing.
"To tell you the truth, I don't think about it too much," he said. "I just go out there and try to get out for the team. It's just having fun."
Pitching in close midweek games against quality opponents may just be something fun for the Weatherford, Okla. product, and Golloway agrees that his freshman throws well in tough situations purely because of his love for the game.
"Dillon is going to do his thing, and that's what I love about him," Golloway said. "He's got ice water in his veins. He believes in his God-given ability and he loves to play baseball."
The Sooners added another run in the eighth on a fielder's choice by junior first baseman Cameron Seitzer. The Horned Frogs committed their fourth error of the game on the play to put runners on second on third with one out, but OU couldn't bring them in.
Two of OU's seven runs were unearned.
After a perfect eighth inning by redshirt freshman Jordan John, the Sooners pushed their lead to 7-3 on a balk with runners on second and third in the top half of the ninth.
Texas Christian loaded the bases and scored a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth, but John recorded the game's final three outs before letting the Horned Frogs get completely back into the game.
Now that the Sooners have gotten through their first big obstacle in their most crucial week of the season, they have to travel down Interstate 35 to square off against Big 12 rival Texas.
The Longhorns have swept OU in each of the last two seasons, but the players feel this victory against Texas Christian was a good first step in ending that two-year skid.
"It's a good test for us to overcome before Texas," Mistich said. "Hopefully we take this momentum on to the weekend."