No. 18 OU Beats Texas in Front of Record Crowd

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No. 18 OU Beats Texas in Front of Record Crowd

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No. 18 OU Beats Texas in Front of Record Crowd Sooner Athletics

NORMAN — No. 18 Oklahoma extended its win streak to nine games and conference win streak to seven by beating Texas 9-4 in Game 1 of the three-game set in Norman on Friday night. 

In front of a single-game L. Dale Mitchell Park record 4,812 fans, the Sooners (26-14, 15-4) fired on all cylinders. OU hit a pair of home runs while the defense played an error-free game and the pitching staff struck out a combined 13 batters.

OU starting LHP Braden Davis was exceptional yet again, hurling six inning while surrendering just one run on seven hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. 

Following a scoreless first, the Sooners jumped on top at the bottom of the second with three runs on one hit and a trio of Longhorn errors, three of the season-high five miscues they made on the night. After senior Anthony Mackenzie reached on a dropped third strike and junior Jackson Nicklaus reached on an error, senior Kendall Pettis singled home Mackenzie for his first RBI of the night. The next at-bat, junior Scott Mudler ripped a ball to center that the UT centerfielder dropped, allowing Nicklaus to score. An RBI groundout from junior John Spikerman closed the scoring. 

After Davis stranded a pair of Longhorns at the top of the third, the Sooners added one in the home half via Pettis' second RBI single of the night. 

Texas got on the board in the fifth on an RBI single from Jalin Flores to break up OU's shutout bid. Davis bounced back with the help of freshman Jaxon Willits, who fielded a grounder and stepped on second before catching a UT runner in a pickle for a double play. 

Willits continued his hot play on the night with a leadoff home run to dead center in the sixth. It was the frosh's sixth homer of the season, with all six coming in the last 12 games. The solo shot made it 5-1 OU after six. 

After Texas (25-18, 11-8) got one back at the top of the seventh on a single, OU responded with three runs on three hits in the bottom half. Mackenzie led off the frame with his fifth home run of the season to right field. Willits would single home Pettis later in the inning before Spikerman brought home Mudler on a fielder's choice to make it 8-2 through seven. 

At the top of the eighth, a two run home run from Texas' Jared Thomas pulled the Horns within four. OU would once again answer with a run in the home half, courtesy of a double steal. After a walk to senior Michael Snyder who then stole second and third, Mackenzie was walked to put runners on the corners. The Sooners then executed the double steal to perfection with Snyder scoring from third and Mackenzie taking second, beating the throw. The run would bring the final to 9-4, Sooners. 

Davis (W, 5-3) earned the win, while relievers Carter Campbell (0.2 IP), Carson Atwood (0.2), Jett Lodes (0.2) and Malachi Witherspoon (1.0) combined to finish the contest with Lodes fanning one and Witherspoon striking out the side in the ninth. The OU arms combined for double-digit strikeouts for the 21st time in OU's 40 games. 

At the plate, Willits, Pettis, Mackenzie and sophomore Easton Carmichael all registered two-hit days with Willits, Pettis and Spikerman all plating a pair. Snyder drew one walk and stole a career-best three bags to up his season total to nine. 

The teams are slated to play Game 2 on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT. OU is actively monitoring Saturday's potential for weather in the Norman area. 

The series can be watched via SoonerVision on ESPN+ and heard locally in Oklahoma on SportsTalk 1400 AM/99.3 FM or nationwide on The Varsity app. Chad McKee and alum Blake Brewster will be on the ESPN+ call while Toby Rowland and alum Rich Hills will call the action on OU's radio network. Live stats can be found at OUStats.com.

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