Oklahoma Completes Sweep In Extra Innings
March 24, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - A walk-off single in the 10th inning gave Oklahoma a 4-3 win for the sweep. TCU held a 3-0 lead after four, but couldn't hold off the Sooner attack late.
Andrew Mitchell was strong in his return to the starting rotation. He allowed a run on six hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out six. Nick Frey was touched for two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Riley Ferrell took the loss as he gave up a run on one hit in 1/3 of an inning.
The Sooners wasted no time ending the game as they got a lead-off single from Matt Oberste. He was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a passed ball. Hunter Haley ended the game with a single to center, giving Oklahoma a 4-3 victory.
TCU had its chances in the game as it stranded 10 runners on base. The best opportunity late in the game came when Boomer White led off the ninth with a base hit. He was standing on second after a stolen base with nobody out. Sooner closer Jacob Evans got the next three hitters to end the inning.
The Horned Frogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, taking adavantage of a pair of free passes. Kyle Bacak was hit on the arm to open the inning and Cody Jones drew an eight-pitch walk to put two on with nobody out. After White sacrificed the runners 90 feet, Jantzen Witte hit a sacrifice fly to give the Frogs the 1-0 lead. On the play, Jones moved to third and scored easily on a two-out hit from Paul Hendrix.
The Frogs had to fight to keep their lead in tact in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, the Sooners got a pair of base hits. A wild pitch had the tying run standing on second. Hendrix saved the lead as he ranged to his right to corral a ball ticketed for center, turned and threw a strike to first to end the frame.
TCU made something out of nothing in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, Brett Johnson reached on an infield single. Bacak followed with a seeing-eye single through the right side. The Sooner right fielder came up with the ball and made a wild throw trying to get Johnson at third. The ball sailed into the Sooner dugout, allowing Johnson to score for a 3-0 lead.
Oklahoma got out of a major jam in the top of the fifth as TCU had the bases loaded with nobody out. The Frogs failed to score and the Sooners took the momentum and translated it into a run in the bottom of the frame. After leading off with a base hit, Anthony Hermalyn was standing on third with two outs. Craig Aikin legged out an infield single to get the Sooners on the board.
The comeback was complete in the bottom of the sixth as the Sooners scored twice on two hits. Hermalyn doubled to left center to drive in the tying runs with one out. Frey left him stranded as he retired the next two batters he faced to end the inning.
TCU falls to 9-14 overall and 1-5 in league play. The Frogs return home briefly for a Tuesday night match-up against Dallas Baptist. Game time against the Patriots is set for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.