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March 22, 2013

Oberste extends hitting streak & OU walks off in extras

It was over when…

Hector Lorenzana swung through an 0-1 pitch that got past Texas Christian catcher Jerrick Suiter allowing Max White to score the game-winning run from third base.

Superb performances from Gray, Oberste

If Ole Miss Marshall Henderson gets buckets, then it would be fair to say Oklahoma ace Jonathan Gray throws chairs. The junior RHP tied his career high, that he set last Friday vs. Northwestern State, striking out 12 Horned Frog batters over the course of nine innings.

What's even more eye popping is Gray's last two starts in the Friday starter role:

18 IP, 8 H, 2 R (1 ER), 24 Ks, 1 BB

The only negatives to come out of the Chandler (Okla.) products sixth start was the fact he gets a no decision and his scoreless innings streak was snapped at 21 innings following a Jantzen Witte sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth.

Junior Matt Oberste used the extra innings to his advantage as he sent a 1-out double to left-centerfield in the bottom of the 12th. Held hitless in his previous four at-bats Oberste's final at-bat made the difference in the game that put White into scoring position.

"I wasn't trying to do anything big. I was trying to get Max (White) into scoring position and he did a great job protecting me and getting on base because if he doesn't they might have intentionally walked me," said Oberste as he wiped shaving cream off of his face.

"I was fortunate enough for that. I was just trying to move him over into scoring position."

More importantly the timely base hit extended his hitting streak to 27-games tying the Oklahoma school record (Marty Neff- 1991).

Fake out

A small group of Oklahoma supporters adamantly disagreed with head coach Sunny Golloway sending a chorus of boos down into the third base coaching box after Oberste showed as if he was going to try and sacrifice himself in the bottom of the 12th.

Following the game Golloway denied that was the case.

"When I go fake bunt there I get some boos in the stands. But we weren't going to bunt. We wanted them to think we were going to bunt," Golloway said.

And he couldn't have played it any better as Oberste faked the bunt and sent the 1-0 pitch the other way advancing White to third base and 90 feet from home plate.

"If they are thinking bunt he's more likely going to get a pitch that he can't (lay down) and when they threw a ball it was just perfect. And then bam."

Next up:

Oklahoma (20-4, 1-0) will go for the series victory over Texas Christian (9-12, 1-3) on Saturday afternoon as Dillon Overton takes the mound for the Sooners. First pitch slated for 2 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

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