GRANVILLE, W.Va. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team claimed a series win over No. 25 West Virginia with a 7-4, 10-inning win at Monongalia County Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. The Sooners improved to 30-16 overall and 8-7 in the Big 12 with their third conference series win of the season. The Mountaineers fell to 25-17 and 10-8 with the loss.
Due to a travel curfew, it was pre-determined that no inning could start after 2:45 p.m. local time. The bottom of the ninth came to a close at 2:44 after sophomore right-hander Connor Berry (Sugar Land, Texas) induced a fly ball to left.
Oklahoma got the first two aboard in the top of the 10th after a fly ball lost in the clouds dropped in for a base hit. A force out off a sacrifice attempt was the first out of the inning and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Senior right fielder Ben Hollas (Longview, Texas) then fought off a 1-2 pitch over the third baseman and into left field to score sophomore center fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) with the go-ahead run. The Sooners added to their lead with an infield-single up the middle by sophomore second baseman Thomas Hughes (Norman, Okla.) and a sacrifice-fly off the bat of freshman shortstop Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.).
Berry (3-0) got his third win in as many appearances over the last three weeks as he stayed on to pitch the 10th and put WVU down in order. In 1.2 innings of work, he retired all five batters faced.
In the top of the second, senior first baseman Austin O'Brien (Owasso, Okla.) got OU on the board first with a leadoff-home run; his fifth of the season. Oklahoma got two more in the inning with a two-run single to right by junior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.). Sophomore designated hitter Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) pushed the Sooner lead to 4-0 with a solo hom run in the sixth; his first home run at OU.
West Virginia fought back late in the game beginning with a two-run home run to right by first baseman Jackson Cramer. The Mountaineers tied the game an inning later with a fielder's choice RBI and a single to right by second baseman Kyle Gray.
Junior right-handed pitcher Devon Perez (Ashburn, Va.) tossed 5.1 innings in the start for Oklahoma. He allowed just two runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. For West Virginia, RHP Kade Strowd lasted 4.2 innings in the start. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Right-handed pitcher and designated hitter Braden Zarbnisky (5-1) took the loss in one inning of work.
For the game, OU outhit WVU, 9-8. Hollas recorded his second multi-hit game of the series with a 2-for-5 day and Mountaineer catcher Ivan Gonzalez led the home side with a 2-for-5 game.
The Sooners return to action next weekend when they start a three-game series at Kansas State on Friday, May 5.