The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 12, 2013

Sooners avoid sweep

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma designated hitter Kolbey Carpenter had three hits and two runs batted in to lead the Sooners to a 5-4 victory Sunday to salvage the third game of a series with Oklahoma State.

Sooners’ starter Dillon Overton gave up two runs in the second and two more in the third, but Overton and three bullpen pitchers held the Cowboys (36-13, 11-9 Big 12) scoreless the rest of the way. Oklahoma (35-16, 12-9) took the lead with two runs in the sixth.

Ralph Garza Jr. (4-0) got the victory for 22⁄3 shutout innings in the game at Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Ballpark. Vince Wheeland (8-1) took the loss. OU closer Jacob Evans threw two scoreless innings to get the save.

Cowboys head coach Josh Holliday was ejected by home plate umpire Randy Wetzel in the top of the eighth.

Holliday was ejected for arguing a call where OSU’s Aaron Cornell was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a wild pitch  Evans. Cornell had stolen third and tried to advance another base.

Holliday earlier argued when OU’s Max White threw out  OSU’s Zach Fish at the plate trying to score on Gage Green’s single to right in the fifth that would have given the Cowboys a 5-3 lead.

OU scored three times in the fourth. Craig Aikin walked and scored after a White double and a wild pitch. Hector Lorenzana doubled in White and scored on a Carpenter single.

The Sooners took the lead with two runs in the sixth. Matt Oberste reached on a throwing error by shortstop Craig McConaughy and Lorenza walked. Carpenter singled off the glove of second baseman Donnie Walton to score Oberste and Lorenza came home when Garrett Carey hit into a double play.

McConaughy was 2-for-3 for OSU with two RBI. Green was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Robbie Rea was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

OU trails first-place Kansas State (14-7) by two games in the conference race. OSU is two-and-a-half games back.

The Sooners can still win the conference title by sweeping the Wildcats in a three-game series which begins Friday in Manhattan.

OSU has a three-game series with West Virginia (12-9), which begins Thursday in Stillwater.�