OKLAHOMA CITY — Garza and Ladd blanked Texas Tech over the last four innings.
OU only had a one-run lead when Overton went to the bench after the fifth inning. Colt Bickerstaff drove in the lone early run with an RBI single in the fourth inning. However, OU kept leaning on Texas Tech starting pitcher Dominic Moreno (3-4). The dam broke in the eighth inning. After the Red Raiders turned to reliever Dalton Brown, Hector Lorenzana greeted him with an RBI single and Anthony Hermelyn followed it up with a sacrifice fly.
The Sooners tacked on five more runs in the ninth inning to nail down their third straight victory.
“When you get momentum like that, it’s definitely going to help when you play Kansas State,” said center fielder Max White, who went 3 for 5 with a ninth-inning RBI. “We have to get those guys back. This game is mental and the momentum will help big-time.”
The Sooners’ winning streak began with a 7-3 victory over the Wildcats in the regular-season finale in Manhattan, Kan. However, the Wildcats won the series and secured the Big 12 regular-season title by winning the first two games of the series.
OU seemed like a more relaxed and confident team in the final game of the Kansas State series. That has carried over to the Big 12 tournament.
“We have a little chip on our shoulder,” Golloway said. “We want to get after it.”
Once again, Friday, the Sooners did.