NORMAN, Okla. Chuckie Caufield set it up and Joe Dunigan and Kody Kaiser knocked it in as Oklahoma rallied to win Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners (37-13, 15-6 Big 12) defeated Kansas State (26-18-1, 5-15-1 Big 12) 7-6 on Senior Day, gaining momentum for this week’s Bedlam Series Presented by the Bank of Oklahoma and Your Oklahoma Ford Dealers and closing the gap with Nebraska for No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference standings.
What turned out to be a war of attrition in the late innings one day after a doubleheader became fire in the eyes of the Sooners as a crucial call on the field spurred the home crowd and the OU bats in the eighth inning.
Down 6-4, leadoff batter Aaron Ivey grounded out to the shortstop on a close play to the disapproval of those in attendance and OU head coach Sunny Golloway.
The discontent did not last long.
Caufield doubled through the left side on a 1-2 count during the next at-bat. After a pitching change from Justin Murray to B.J. Kissel, left-handed batter Dunigan hit in Caufield with a single to left field.
KSU brought in closer Bryan Peterson who successfully retired right-hander Russell Raley.
With two outs on the board, Kaiser stroked Peterson’s first offering into right center, plating Dunigan with the tying run.
Kaiser showed his speed with a first-to-the-plate sprint on Ryan Rohlinger’s single to right field, sealing the victory for the Sooners.
The Edmond native finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored.
Will Savage (7-2) was credited the win after retiring six of the final seven batters in the game.
The win, coupled with a Nebraska’s loss Sunday to Oklahoma State, closes the gap in the race for No. 2 in the league standings. OU trails the Huskers by one game but with the final meeting of the NU-OSU series scheduled for Monday night, another loss would even the two teams’ records in the Big 12.
Oklahoma faces Oklahoma State in game one of the Bedlam Series Friday, May 12, at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Sooners’ and Cowboys’ matchup at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City begins Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. with game three of the series Sunday, May 12, at 5 p.m.
All game will be broadcast live on KOKC 1520 AM.