Sooners outlast No. 13 Cowboys in 18
Kolbey Carpenter homers in seventh, then knocks in game-winner
STILLWATER, Okla. -- The game-winning rally finally came in the top of the 18th, 10 minutes past midnight CT, when Kolbey Carpenter ripped a double to left that scored the go-ahead run in a 12-9 win for Oklahoma against No. 13 Oklahoma State. The game, which started Tuesday evening and ran into Wednesday morning, lasted five hours and 52 minutes. The Sooners improved to 24-14, while the Cowboys dropped to 26-11.
The win was the longest game on record in OU history and the first win in Stillwater since 1992. (Oklahoma did not play a game at Oklahoma State’s campus between 1997 and 2009.)
The Cowboys rallied against the Sooners' bullpen with three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to tie the game at 9 and force extra innings. It was the fifth extra-inning game of the season for Oklahoma and fourth such win.
Kindle Ladd threw six innings in relief and scattered two hits and two walks while striking out four to keep the Sooners afloat. Ladd (3-1) pitched four-plus innings for the second time in five days and fourth time this season.
In the top of the 18th, Austin O’Brien drew a one-out walk. With two outs, Carpenter brought in O'Brien with the double to left. From there, the OU bats continued to attack. Hector Lorenzana and Craig Aikin tacked on RBI singles to push to score to 12-9.
Freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse moved to the mound in the bottom of the 18th and put down OSU in order to record his first save.
Oklahoma jumped on top early with four runs in the first inning on a grand slam by O’Brien. Aikin singled to lead off the game and two walks loaded the bases setting up O’Brien’s second home run of the season.
Oklahoma State countered with two home runs in the home-half of the first. Tanner Krietemeier launched a two-run shot, followed by a solo jack from Gage Green to cut the lead to 4-3.
The Sooners continued to pour in the runs in the second inning. The bases were loaded again after an error, hit by pitch and a walk. Anthony Hermelyn drove in one run on a single and Neuse picked up the big hit of the inning, a double, to score two. Another OU run came in on a RBI groundout by Mac James.
The Cowboys scratched across a run in the sixth, but Carpenter canceled out it with his first home run of the season in the seventh to push the score to 9-4.
Oklahoma State loaded the bases in the eighth with one out and managed to score two runs on an error and one more on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to two. In the ninth, Krietemeier and Green picked up one-out hits to put runners on the corners. Zach Fish drew OSU within one with an infield RBI single and the Cowboys tied the game on a RBI force out hit into by Ryan Sluder.
Garrett Williams pitched just one inning in the start for Oklahoma State. He surrendered seven runs, six earned, on two hits and four walks. Tyler Nurdin (2-3) took the loss in 3.1 innings of work. He gave up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Blake Battenfield tossed 3.2 innings of shutout ball leading up to Nurdin’s appearance.
For Oklahoma, Robert Tasin went 4.2 innings in the start. He struck out six and was tagged for three runs on four hits and four walks.
For the game, the Sooners outhit the Cowboys 18-15. Carpenter, Aikin and Taylor Alspaugh recorded three-hit games. Alspaugh went 3-for-5 after entering the game as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning. Carpenter went 3-for-8 with two runs and two RBI, while Aikin was 3-for-9 with two runs and one RBI.