OU takes final regular season series

NORMAN, Okla. — Head coach Sunny Golloway is confident this one got his Sooners in.

They're headed to a regional after knocking off Samford 13-3 to win the last series of the regular season.

"Out of 14 weekends, we win 10," Golloway said. "Out of eight weekends in the Big 12, we win five. It's been a roller coaster all year, but when you look back at the body of work, it speaks volumes for a pretty solid season and we're playing our best baseball right now. The third best RPI in the league and finishing fourth in a really tough league, I think that makes us a lock for the NCAA."

The Sooners did so in this contest by banging out 15 hits to score their 13 runs.

Five Sooners recorded multiple hits, and center fielder Max White even managed three hits and reached four times in six plate appearances.

First baseman Hunter Lockwood hammered two homers.

"Our hitting ability hasn't shown throughout the season," Lockwood said. "We're a lot better hitting team than we've shown. We just have to put it all together."

They certainly did in this one.

And starting pitcher Damien Magnifico also gave OU six solid innings of work, allowing two unearned runs while striking out five and walking two.

Reliever Drew Harrison got his first save of the season after throwing three innings of one-run ball and striking out four.

White got the OU offense going in the bottom of the first when he hit an RBI single, and first baseman Evan Mistich made it 2-0 when he knocked in right fielder Cody Reine on a double play ball.

OU added four more in the third, boosted by White's second hit of the day, Mistich and second baseman Jack Mayfield's RBI singles and two Samford errors. That proved to be all it needed.

"We closed it out exactly the way we needed to," White said. "We did what we needed to do to get out of this series and head into the Big 12."

They would go on to score two more in the sixth, three in the seventh and two in the eighth, highlighted by Lockwood's two-run blast in the seventh and solo shot the next inning.

Samford scored one each in the sixth, seventh and eighth, but they proved to be meaningless runs in the contest.

On senior day, each of the five contributed, with left fielder Erik Ross, Mistich and Bushyhead combining for six hits, while Reine and catcher Tanner Toal providing three runs and three walks, respectively.

"I've never had a senior game where all five seniors started and that's what we had today," Golloway said. "It was pretty special. It's been a weird year. The stars just lined up."

OU will now focus its attention to the Big 12 Tournament, where it'll face the conference's best pitcher in Oklahoma State ace Andrew Heaney in the fifth Bedlam matchup of the season Wednesday.

"You have to play your best and you have to beat the best if you want to win a conference tournament or a regional," Golloway said. "It's always fun to play a Bedlam game and it's especially fun in the Big 12 Tournament, when even more is on the line."

The double elimination format will feature No. 1 seed Baylor, No. 5 seed Oklahoma State and No. 8 seed Kansas State in addition to fourth seeded OU.

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