OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – If anyone was going to stop Oklahoma’s steam-rolling momentum, Tom Hatch seemed like the perfect candidate. Entering Friday, the Oklahoma State ace and contender for Big 12 Pitcher of the Year hadn’t allowed a run in 29 straight innings and had given up only three extra base hits all season.
Cody Thomas didn’t seem to think Hatch was so perfect.
Thomas’ late-season surge almost perfectly mirrors Oklahoma’s building momentum, and he kept both going with one swing in the fourth inning – and then another in the sixth. Thomas hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and doubled in two more runs in the sixth before a two hour-plus rain delay.
Thomas now has 13 RBI in his last 23 at-bats.
Oklahoma (25-23-1, 10-12 Big 12) won only its fifth game in the last 17 against Oklahoma State, which had won six-straight games, and beat a team in the top three of the conference for the first time this season (1-7).
Freshman Jake Irvin gave the Sooners a strong start through five innings before the delay. It was the first-year pitcher’s second straight strong outing against Oklahoma State. Irvin has given up just two earned runs in a little more than 10 innings against the Cowboys (31-16, 12-7).
Oklahoma, which had scored 54 runs in its previous five combined games before Friday, continued its hot streak and momentum for at least another day.
The Bedlam series continues Saturday in Tulsa at 7:30 p.m. The series finale will also be in Tulsa at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Before Thomas’ home run, which was only Oklahoma’s second hit of the game, Hatch had gone 38 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. He had 86 innings pitched before Friday and only allowed two doubles and one home run.
Oklahoma matched that in less than six innings.
Two innings after Thomas’ sixth homer of the season, Hatch unraveled by throwing two wild pitches to Oklahoma third baseman Cade Harris, allowing two runs to score after Thomas’ two-RBI double.