A sense of déjà vu leveled over ONEOK Field in Tulsa on Friday night in the Big 12 Tournament.
With two outs in the top of the ninth and first baseman Kolbey Carpenter standing on third base, redshirt senior Robert Tasin walked to the plate. Five innings earlier, Tasin delivered the first run for Oklahoma after watching two of his teammates fail to do so.
Yet again after a Sheldon Neuse strikeout, Tasin came through for the Sooners by driving in the game-winning and season-continuing run in the Sooners’ 3-1 victory.
“I knew we were going to get the win,” Tasin said. “All of the confidence was on our side. … In the dugout, we had a lot of moral, and it came through for us.”
In the fourth inning, Oklahoma did no more damage. After Tasin, who pitched a gem in Thursday’s victory, drove in Carpenter from third base, the Sooners scored an insurance run after a Hunter Haley double and a wild pitch – one of two in the inning.
“You’re not always going to have a good performance, you go to have teammates pick up one another,” Hughes said. “. . . I knew It was going to come down to the end.”
Oklahoma will play Oklahoma State at 12:30 p.m. Should Oklahoma win that game, the two teams will play again at 7:30 p.m. for a spot in the Big 12 Tournament Championship game on Sunday.
Hughes yet again relied on his pitching depth and a surprise outing from a relief pitcher. Starter Alec Hansen lasted just two innings, walking three in less than six outs.
Jeffrey Curran came in and fell into a groove after allowing three hits – but not runs – in the third inning. Three of the next four innings didn’t feature a base runner, and Curran allowed just two hits until he was relieved in the eighth by closer Jacob Evans, who closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning.
“I wasn’t sure if it was just one inning or maybe two,” Curran said of his performance. “I was just going to go as hard as I could for as long as I could just to give the team everything I had.”
Oklahoma’s offense, which was one of the top in the Big 12, was again stagnant. The Sooners, who lost to Kansas State in the first game of the tournament, posted nine hits in the game but had three in the top of the ninth inning.