Sooners Overcome TCU for Fifth Straight Win

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
19 Oklahoma

FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 19 University of Oklahoma baseball team came from behind twice to beat TCU, 8-5, in front of 4,729 at Lupton Stadium on Friday night. The Sooners improved to 22-10 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12 with their fifth win in a row.

Each rally consisted of a three-run inning beginning in the top of the fourth. Junior right fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) picked up his second hit of the night before redshirt-sophomore center fielder Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas) blasted a two-run home run to left to time TCU’s lead to 3-2.

Back-to-back two-out doubles from senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) and freshman first baseman Cade Cavalli (Bixby, Okla.) tied the game.

The Horned Frogs regained the lead in the fifth on a solo home run to left by first baseman Luken Baker.

The top of the seventh began with a walk to Cavalli and a single to right-center by freshman designated hitter Tyler Hardman (Corona, Calif.). Junior left fielder Cade Harris (Leona, Texas) then walked to load the bases as TCU lefty Nick Lodolo was lifted after six-plus innings of work.

Free passes from the TCU bullpen gave OU the opportunity to tie the game and ultimately go in front for the first time. Walker walked with one down to tie the game and Murray immediately followed with a walk to push across the go-ahead run. Junior third baseman Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) was then hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to make it 6-4 Sooners.

The Horned Frogs got a run back in the seventh. Murray then sent his second home run of the night to center field in the top of the ninth. Junior right-hander Connor Berry (Sugar Land, Texas) came out of the pen to get the final two outs in the bottom half for his sixth save of the season.

In a five-inning start, junior right-hander Jake Irvin (Bloomington, Minn.) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts, but did not factor into the decision. Freshman lefty Levi Prater (Ada, Okla.) was the first Sooner reliever of the night. Prater (2-1) got the win in one inning of work despite allowing a run on three walks.

TCU lefty Nick Lodolo (4-2) struck out 13 in six innings, but was tagged with the loss. He was charged with six runs on six hits and two walks.

Game two will air on ESPNU Saturday night at 7 p.m. Senior RHP Devon Perez (Ashburn, Va.) gets the ball for Oklahoma.