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College Baseball: OU takes series from #5 TCU

College Baseball: OU takes series from #5 TCU

The #24 Oklahoma Sooners (39-13, 13-9) took the weekend series against Big 12 rival #5 TCU 2-1 to control their own destiny.

Friday OU led 4-3 in the 7th before allowing 6 runs in the final two endings to fall 9-6.

Saturday Pete Hughes’ squad responded with a big win after trailing 4-0 in the 6th before waking up and outscoring TCU 9-4 in the last 4 innings to win 9-8. The win came on a 3-run walk off homerun from Renae Martinez.

In the rubber match Oklahoma jumped out to a 7-0 lead before enduring 9 run explosion and found themselves tied 9-9 going into the final frame of the game.

Kyler Murray came in to pinch run for Ben Hollas who got on with a double to left center. Murray was advanced to third from a sac bunt from Saturday’s hero Martinez. Steel Walker was intentionally walked to put men on the corners. Austin O’Brien was the hero with a walkoff single that put Murray across the plate for the series win.

The series win gave Oklahoma wins against the top four in the Big 12 standings.

BIG PICTURE

The Horned Frogs (36-13, 16-8) end their Big 12 schedule with a series at California to end the regular season.

Texas Tech (Big 12 13-8) still has a series this weekend against Kansas (29-23, 11-10.) TCU needs Kansas to win just one game to claim the regular season Big 12 title.

Oklahoma takes on intrastate rival Oklahoma State (24-24, 6-14) this weekend in the Bedlam series. The Cowboys sit at #8 in the standings and need help from #9 Kansas State to avoid being left out of the Big 12 Tournament in Bricktown.

The Sooners need a combination of wins against OSU and losses from Texas Tech to be able to finish second in the conference with the tie breaker over the Red Raiders.

Currently OU sits at #17 in the RPI and is in serious contention for hosting a regional in Norman, which would be the first since 2009.

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