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Oklahoma Big 12 Tourney Day 2 Recap

By Dave Myrick

Arlington

Tight early on, was how I described it. A lot of zero’s on the board. As the Big 12 pitcher of the year, Peyton Tolle and first team all Big 12 pitcher Braden Davis put on a clinic for all pitching coaches to relish through the first four innings. Oklahoma outfielder Kendall Pettis also put on a highlight reel in right with an absolutely disgusting catches including a backhanded stab negating a sure fire TCU run and extra-bases, also snaring one at the wall to rob another of extra bags later on.

Offensively, Jackson Nicklaus got things popping after TCU starter Peyton Tolle walked a pair of Sooners to start the bottom of the fourth. Tolle, the Big Twelve pitcher of the year, would throw 5.1 while striking out nine, walking three, allowing six hits and four earned runs. Tolle would give up a double to Jackson Nicklaus that plated Mike Snyder. Next Kendall Pettis would smash an RBI single on the first pitch he saw to make it 2-0 Oklahoma after four. There it would stay until the bottom of the sixth. Anthony Mackenzie hunted fastball and planted the first one he saw into the Lockheed Martin bullpen in left field. The very next pitch, that man again, Jackson Nicklaus, stroked one out to the State Farm bullpen in right. The back to back pitches for home-runs shot OU out to a 4-0 lead through six.

If you could score less than a run, it would have been enough for Oklahoma starter Braden Davis. Davis, Oklahoma’s Friday night guy, and first team all Big 12 pitcher, threw one of the best games of his career today in Arlington. A complete game, 116 pitch shut-out. Matching Peyton Tolle pitch for pitch, then flat out out pitching/shining Tolle down the stretch. Davis’s game was a masterpiece on the mound in terms of tempo, management, working ahead in counts and fielding his position. Of course he had a lot of help defensively. As discussed, this ballpark plays big. And Oklahoma’s outfield, even without Bryce Madron who was out today due to a quad tweak, can all go get it. Spikerman, Walk and Pettis all flashed elite speed today.

Up next saw the Texas Longhorns get ousted from the tournament by Cincinnati, and Oklahoma State is all over Texas Tech early on in the second inning in the nightcap.

Oklahoma takes on Kansas State and former head coach Peter Hughes, right back here at 12:30 CST