NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners swept the season series on Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park against Texas Christian with an offensive outburst of 20 runs and 20 hits to defeat the Horned Frogs, 20-10.
OU won the first game of the year in Fort Worth, 5-4, with Chuckie Caufield’s run in the ninth inning, scored on a stolen base.
In Tuesday’s game, OU took its final lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, with three runs, to go ahead 11-10 and then broke the game open with a three-run seventh and a six-run eighth.
The Horned Frogs tied a school record with eight errors in the game and OU came within one run of tying a season high for runs scored and tied a season high with 20 hits.
The heart of the Sooners’ batting order got the job done as Russell Raley, Ryan Rohlinger, Eric Thornton and Kody Kaiser combined for 11 hits and 11 RBI.
Thornton was the first of four consecutive Sooners, in the first inning, to produce an RBI as the home team rallied with four tallies in the bottom half of the first after TCU scored three off Will Savage.
Savage did not make it past the second inning as the right-hander threw one inning (plus two batters in the second) and allowed six earned runs on five hits and a walk. Savage struck out one batter before Tyler Gooch came out of the OU bullpen to throw two innings (two earned runs, four strikeouts) only to give way to John Brownell in the fourth.
The Sooner offense managed to score runs in each of the first five innings and the sixth frame was the only unproductive frame of the night. It was the only inning that the OU bats did not score a run and went down in order.
TCU was also hot in the first five frames, scoring 10 tallies, but went scoreless in the third. After OU took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, the bullpen solidified the win by holding TCU scoreless in the final four innings.
Brownell recorded the win, his second of the year opposite one loss, and lasted two innings to scatter two earned runs on four hits and a walk with one strike out. He was followed by Kevin Duke, Garrett Patterson and Jared Freeman who allowed just three hits and four walks. Patterson led the way with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
TCU’s Sam Demel took the loss for the Horned Frogs to fall to 2-4 this season. Demel allowed seven runs (two earned) to cross the plate on his watch (5.1 innings), while walking two and striking out five.
Six different Sooners recorded multi-hit games led by Rohlinger (3 RBI) and Freddy Rodriguez, who collected four hits apiece. Thornton (4 RBI) finished 3-for-6, while Kaiser (2 RBI) and Raley (2 RBI) were 2-for-5 and Kevin Smith was 2-for-4 (2 RBI).
The game, four hours and five minutes, marked the longest nine-inning affair for Oklahoma this season. Earlier in the year, OU and Northwestern State battled for 12 innings over four hours and 26 minutes.
Oklahoma’s improves to 20-12 overall while TCU falls to 22-10.
The Sooners will now leave the friendly confines of L. Dale Mitchell Park, where it is now 16-3, to battle No. 1 Texas in Austin. OU is 2-6 on the road this year (4-9 when including neutral sites) and will get things underway with the Longhorns at 6 p.m. on Friday. All three games of the series will be televised as the opener will be broadcast by ESPNU, Saturday’s game (6 p.m.) on Fox Sports Net and the finale on Sunday (noon) on ESPN2.