OU makes Top 25 after beating Longhorns

Sooners take two in tough four-game stretch, win third Big 12 series

Heading into the latest four-game stretch, the Oklahoma baseball team would have loved to have earned a split – playing a road game against highly ranked Oklahoma State and a series in Austin, Texas, where the Sooners haven’t won much.

The Sooners did just that, taking the series from Texas after losing to the Cowboys.

As a result, Oklahoma is ranked 23rd in the country and is tied for first place in the Big 12 Conference.

“It was an important weekend for us to build toughness in our program and what better way to do it than on the road in an environment like this,” coach Pete Hughes said after the Sooners’ 3-2 victory in Sunday’s rubber match.

Oklahoma, which boasts one of the top offenses in the conference, scored just seven runs over the course of 30 innings this week. The Sooners won their second straight conference series and third of the season not on the strength of its offense.

On the arms a strong pitching staff and solid defense, the Sooners (24-14, 8-4 Big 12) held Texas to eight runs in three games. Oklahoma got at least five innings from each of its three weekend starters while Jake Elliott and Robert Tasin both went at least six innings and allowed just one earned run.

“Our pitching staff did a great job,” Hughes said. “Our bullpen was great and we got some key hits in pressure situations, which is always the sign of a tough team.”

Oklahoma plays Dallas Baptist at 6 p.m. Tuesday before a weekend series against West Virginia, the start of three-straight road conference series.

The Sooners won’t play a Big 12 team at home until closing the season with a series against TCU.

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