Sooners Steal Pivotal Road Series

This past weekend's series victory over the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas, was huge for the No. 17 baseball team.

The Sooners took two of three games from the Aggies after they lost the first game 6-2 then won the final two 6-5 in 13 innings and 10-2, and improved their overall record to 29-11 and 8-8 in the Big 12. OU's .500 record in conference play is good for fourth in the Big 12, trailing Texas Tech (10-8 Big 12), Kansas State (9-5 Big 12) and Texas (16-2 Big 12).

The Sooners evened up their conference record and climbed in the standings with clutch hitting and a gutsy performance by junior pitcher Ryan Duke in game two and two big innings in the series finale.

Sophomore third baseman Garrett Buechele, the team's best hitter with a .371 batting average, stepped to the plate with one out in the top of the ninth with the Sooners trailing 5-3 and brought in the game's tying runs on a single to force extra innings.

With the score still tied 5-5 in the 13th inning, sophomore first baseman Cameron Seitzer slugged an RBI double to give OU a lead Duke would not give up.

Duke, who entered the game with one out in the ninth inning, pitched the final 4 2/3 innings of the game and did not allow a run to earn his first victory of the season. He threw 80 pitches, a season high, and got out of a couple jams in extra innings to help the Sooners even the series at one game apiece.

Head coach Sunny Golloway and his players had to feel confident for the first time this season going into a Sunday Big 12 matchup. The Sooners had lost each of their Sunday games in conference, but Golloway had built this weekend's pitching rotation to change that.

Junior pitcher Bobby Shore was moved to the Sunday starting pitcher role after having multiple quality starts during Saturday conference games, and he responded with seven solid innings of work. He allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out three batters Sunday.

But Shore received a lot of support from his teammates' bats. The Sooners exploded four runs in the second inning and five runs in the fifth inning to jump out to a 9-1 convincing lead.

Junior second baseman Danny Black had a big day at the plate as he launched a three-run home run in the fifth inning and had six RBIs on a day he went 2-4.

Freshman Drew Harrison hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to cap off the team's scoring. The game was OU's 16th multi-home run game of the season.

The Sooners will try to carry the momentum they built up during this past series against the Dallas Baptist Patriots at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

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