Alabama Completes Sweep of Oklahoma With 6-5 Win

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 12, 2001

Feb. 12, 2001

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - A walk-off solo homer by Alabama first baseman Aaron Clark with two out in the bottom of the ninth helped the Crimson Tide win the series finale, 6-5, and complete a three-game sweep of Oklahoma Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. `Bama (3-0) tied the game at five an inning before as a Tide baserunner was ruled safe on a controversial play at the plate. Relief pitcher Matt Sorensen (0-1) gave up the game-winning home run and suffered the loss for the Sooners, who dropped to 2-4 on the season.

OU got on the scoreboard first, for the first time in the series, when senior third baseman Greg Dobbs belted a two-out solo homer in the first inning. Junior centerfielder Zach Harris and senior shortstop Jason Bartlett hit solo shots of their own in the second and third innings, respectively, to claim an early 3-1 lead.

With Oklahoma carrying a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Alabama scored two unearned runs, aided by two Sooner errors, to cut the lead to 4-3. Alabama then knotted the game at four in the next frame as a one out walk given up by freshman hurler Buddy Blair, who came on in relief of Sooner starter Austin Mix, came around to score on a balk and a RBI base hit by the Tide third baseman Beau Hearod.

A clutch two out RBI single by leftfielder Bryan King in the top of the eighth drove in Dobbs, who led off the inning with a walk, from second base to give the Sooners their final lead at 5-4.

Regular starting centerfielder Jerome Godsey was absent from the lineup for the second-consecutive game after suffering a pulled hamstring in game one of the Saturday doubleheader against the Crimson Tide. Godsey, who leads the team in hitting with a .500 average, is expected to be ready to play next weekend.

The Sooners next travel to San Diego, Calif., to face San Diego, San Diego State and Oregon State in the Greater San Diego Invitational.

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