Pitching had been a plus for the Sooners all season, but in the final game of the series against Baylor on Sunday, it was that explosive offense that guided Oklahoma through last year’s rough path that showed just how potent it could be.
Oklahoma opened with an eight-run first inning, cruised past the Bears, 13-3, and finished with 21 hits to take at least one game from Baylor, which won the first two games by holding the Sooners to just two combined runs.
Oklahoma (19-12, 3-3) has now split its two Big 12 Conference series this season, winning its series against then-No. 10 Texas Tech.
After losing a mid-week rare non-conference game against TCU, the Sooners had lost three straight coming into Sunday’s finale. Having scored three or fewer runs in five of the previous six games, Oklahoma needed a spurt.
It got one early: Eight runs and eight hits in the first inning alone.
With the bases loaded and no outs, the Sooners, who play Central Arkansas on Tuesday before a home series against Kansas beginning Friday, took advantage.
The next six batters reached base to give Oklahoma heavy lead that surprise starter Robert Tasin wouldn’t come close to giving up.
Tasin has now won five games this season, back-to-back on Sunday and boasts a 1.44 season ERA.
With 24 games left to play in the season, Oklahoma is just 10 victories away from matching last season’s win total.