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March 29, 2013Call it grit. Call it determination. Call it pure confidence. You can really call it whatever you want but Oklahoma (25-4) has it.
Winners of No. 13 straight Oklahoma clinched its second consecutive Big 12 series Friday night in front of 1, 282 at L. Dale Mitchell Park with a 2-1 extra innings victory over Kansas (14-10, 2-3).
True freshmen Kolbey Carpeter put Oklahoma on the board in the bottom of the second when he sent his first career homerun over the left field fence.
"He was throwing a lot of guys first pitch fastballs in and I got up there and kind of sat on it and luckily I was able to put a good swing on it and make good contact on it," said Carpenter.
In a season that has seen so many freshmen already placing their stamp up and down the line up it was finally Carpenter's time.
"Yeah just whatever helps the team," Carpenter said. "It really just sets a tone and lets other teams know that we are never going to back down. We're out here to win a Big 12 championship and that's what we plan on doing."
It was then his classmates that did the rest in between as Jacob Evans (5-0) picked up his fifth victory of the season out of the bullpen after coming on in relief of starter Dillon Overton (6.1 4 H 1 R 2 BB 6 SO).
The extra inning victory was Oklahoma's seventh walk-off win of the season.
It was over when
Junior Matt Oberste lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring Hunter Haley in the bottom of the tenth for the walk-off victory. It is Oklahoma's fourth extra inning win in their last eight games and improves the Sooners to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1993.
Stars of the game
The junior first basemen not only did it with his bat, extended his school record hitting streak to 29-games with a 1-out double in the bottom of the fourth, Oberste delivered one of the plays of the game with a sliding, over the shoulder put out in the top of the seventh.
Another day, another dollar (or should we say out) for the Broken Arrow (Okla.) native who pitched 3.2 innings out of the bullpen picking up his fifth victory of the season.
Evans entered a tied ballgame in the top of the seventh and stranded the Kansas go-ahead runner at second base following a pop out and a groundout to second base. From there the freshmen left-hander cruised sitting down nine straight.
By the numbers
2 The Oklahoma pitching staff has allowed two earned runs or less in 12 of the Oklahoma's last 14 games. The lone Kansas run in the top of the seventh was charged as an unearned run following a Jack Mayfield throwing error to first base that allowed Ka'iana Eldredge to score.
13 Oklahoma extended its winning streak to 13-games with the extra innings victory.
29 Oberste's hitting streak has now reached 29-games following a double down the leftfield line in the bottom of the fourth.
Oklahoma will go for the sweep Saturday afternoon when they send true freshmen Corey Copping (0-0 0.93 ERA 9.2 IP 4 BB 7 SO) to the mound. First pitch set for 2 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
This after it was decided LHP Adam Choplick will miss the start with soreness in his throwing shoulder.