A middle-inning surge Sunday gave the Sooners that vengeance with a series win on the road in the Big 12, the second in as many weekends, to remain at the top of the Big 12 Conference.
It was also the Sooners’ third-straight Big 12 series victory.
“They really bounce back well after losses, they win rubber matches and do it on the road,” Oklahoma coach Pete Hughes said after the game. “That’s 10 in a row to finish a weekend, and that’s never getting too down or too complacent.”
Oklahoma, which has won seven-straight three-game series finales this season without losing one, scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined to go from down one run to up eight. The Sooners ended the day leading the Big 12 lead in conference victories with Oklahoma State playing its postponed game and its series finale against Baylor on Monday.
The No. 23 Sooners (26-16, 10-5 Big 12) won just two games last season on Sunday but never won in the Big 12. They’ve won 10 in a row on Sunday with the only loss coming on the first weekend of the season against Notre Dame.
The offense came through in the final game against the Mountaineers (22-15,5-7), and starting pitcher Robert Tasin pitched one of the best games of his career.
“We needed that, and we needed it to be where we want to be in the end,” Hughes said. “We used a lot of guys this weekend. We have a lot of really good baseball players in our program, and I’m happy with our depth.”
Leading the offense this past weekend the Kolbey Carpenter, who started at three different positions each game. He finished the three-game stretch 7-for-14 with three RBI and five runs scored out of the lead-off spot in the Sooners’ lineup.
Tasin, who also drove in two runs Sunday, tossed a career-best 7 2/3 innings while allowing nine base runners and giving up just two unearned runs.
“Robert is super dependable strike-throw with good stuff,” Hughes said. “He’s going to compete and never panic. That skill set alone puts him in a good position to win.”
Oklahoma will play five non-conference games this week with a two-game series starting Tuesday against Alcorn State and a three-game set pencil in against Sam Houston State over the weekend.
The Sooners return to conference play on May 1 for a Bedlam series, which will be played in Tulsa (Game 1) and Oklahoma City (Game 2 and Game 3). First place in the Big 12 should again be on the line as Oklahoma will be trying to avenge one of its worst losses in program history – a 22-run defeat against the Cowboys earlier this season.