With the No. 1 written on their hats in honor of former coach Larry Cochell, the Oklahoma baseball team scored a big victory Tuesday with a 5-4 win over Wichita State.
The Sooners were led by pitcher Will Savage, who relieved starter John Brownwell in the fourth inning trailing 1-0, but stabilized the game for the Sooners until the OU offense could get going.
Junior Russell Raley had a big two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. And then two batters later, senior Eric Thornton delivered a two-run double that gave OU their first lead at 4-2. The Sooners would add a run in the seventh on a pinch-hit RBI single by Jeff Scuderi to push the lead to 5-2.
The Shockers would score two runs in the ninth and advance the tying run to third base with two outs, but Garrett Patterson shut the door on Wichita State's comeback by striking out catcher Joe Muich looking to end the game.
Savage, who improved to 5-3 on the season, struck out three and gave up just one run in 4.2 innings.
With the win, the Sooners, improved to 24-20. Wichita State falls to 38-15.
The victory also marks the first for Interim Head Coach Sunny Golloway, who led the Sooners for the first time since Cochell resigned on Sunday.
Oklahoma will now hit the road for a three-game series with kansas State this weekend in Manhattan. Heading into the series, OU currently sits in seventh place in the standings with a 7-11 record. Kansas State is currently last at 7-14.
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Sooners hang on for 5-4 win over Wichita State
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