NORMAN — “That was awesome to hold on,” Ohio coach Jeff Mielcarek said. “We never talked about it with the kids, about what happened the other day. But I know the kids were talking about a five-run lead, here we go again. Fortunately, today, we got the last out.”
Ohio struck early, loading the bases in the first inning against Oklahoma pitcher Holden Lyons. After Gage Trahan played Jake Krypar’s single into a two-base error, Ohio led 3-0.
Lavalley and Whatley answered for Oklahoma to make it 3-2.
In the top of the fourth inning, Ohio scored four runs on three hits. The inning included RBIs from Alex Young and Wayne Naida, but defense proved costly to Oklahoma. After Naida knocked in a run, Lavalley’s throw to third was off the mark and allowed anther to score, putting Ohio up 7-2.
“We didn’t want to do the same thing we did last game,” Ramsey said. “We already knew what to expect. We were ready to finish this one out for sure.”
Four Oklahoma errors gave Ohio a head start.
“We had some miscues out there,” Oklahoma’s Stevie Thompson said. “We didn’t play to our ability. If we played them again, we would probably beat them.
“It’s very tough to know we weren’t mentally in the game. I wish we could play them again. But we are going to live with it.”