Oklahoma takes top-10 battle vs. TCU
Sooner give coach Galloway win No. 250 with Oklahoma
FORT WORTH, Texas. -- No. 10 Oklahoma completed a season sweep and grabbed its eighth consecutive win on Tuesday with a 7-4 victory against No. 7 TCU in front of 5,261 fans, the third largest crowd in Lupton Stadium history.
OU led 7-3 headed to the bottom of the ninth when the Horned Frogs battled back to load the bases, but freshman Jordan John battled out of the jam. John was one of three OU pitchers to have solid outings on Tuesday as Bobby Shore improved to 3-2 with a three-inning predetermined start. Freshman Dillon Overton relieved Shore and retired 10 consecutive batters at one point to hold the TCU offense at bay.
“We played well. I think the way we utilized a lot of pitchers,” said head coach Sunny Golloway who recorded his 250th victory at Oklahoma. “We have to keep Bobby Shore and Dillon Overton fresh for the weekend and our guys pitched with poise.”
The win was the Sooners’ fourth consecutive and increased their record to 30-11 while TCU fell to 29-13. Oklahoma also topped a TCU club 13-6 when it was ranked in the top 10 on April 12 back in Norman.
“They are going to battle at home, we know that, and we knew they would battle us in Norman,” Golloway said. “It’s a fun rivalry and I can’t say enough about the job Jim Schlossnagle has done with TCU. I think we are fortunate to play each other and I think we make each other better.”
The Sooners are 11-2 under Golloway against the Horned Frogs after topping them 13-6 earlier this season on April 12. On Tuesday, the OU offense outhit TCU 10-7 and took advantage of four Horned Frog errors.
The Sooners struck early when Caleb Bushyhead scored off of an RBI double by Garrett Buechele in the top of the first. The base hit by Buechele extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which also features a streak of seven conseuctive games with at least one RBI.
The Sooner lead was pushed to 3-0 after Oklahoma tacked on two more quick runs in the second thanks to a couple TCU errors.
After TCU got its first run in the bottom of the second, Casey Johnson brought in Tyler Ogle in the top of the third on his second triple of the season in the top of the third.
Evan Mistich scored his second run of the night in the top of the sixth off of an Eric Ross single. Mistich was 3-4 on the night with a double and a pair of singles.
Johnson collected a run in the eighth, scoring on a single by Mistich. The Sooners’ final score was recorded by Eric Ross, who advanced home on a balk in the ninth inning.
“The win (tonight) is important as they are in the top 10,” Golloway said. “But the weekend is the most important part of the week. We have to go on the road and secure a Big 12 series win at Texas.”