Sooners End Regular Season on High Note

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 19, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Oklahoma 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 7 7 0
 Kansas State 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 14 0
Box Score


 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - Fisher 7.0 9 2 2 3 7
 L - Doller 1.1 1 3 3 2 0
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Carpenter 4 2 2 3 0 1
 OU - Hermelyn 4 0 1 1 1 0
 OU - Lorenzana 2 1 0 1 1 0
 OU - Oberste 2 1 0 1 1 0
 KSU - Meyer 5 1 3 0 0 0
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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Oklahoma’s youth grew large on the final day of the regular season, tuning the Sooners to a high note entering the Big 12 Championship with a much needed win Sunday.

Freshmen Kolbey Carpenter and Anthony Hermelyn combined for four RBIs as Oklahoma defeated Kansas State 7-3 at Tointon Family Stadium to squash a three-game losing streak.

Oklahoma (36-19, 13-11 Big 12) earned the No. 4 seed for the conference tournament and will face 5-seed Baylor Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the opening game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

OU head coach Sunny Golloway shuffled the Sooners’ usual lineup for the finale. Carpenter moved from designated hitter to third base, Craig Aikin and Max White traded positions in the outfield and Taylor Alspaugh made his first career start in right field. Normally the third base coach, Golloway controlled the offense from the dugout and let the catcher, Hermelyn, call the pitches.

“The focus was mainly on changing some positions to take their minds off of hitting,” Golloway said. “I told the players that I wanted them to have accountability and that they are in control of their destiny. As coaches, I wanted us to get out of their way. They took a lot of ownership in the game.”

Trailing 1-0 in the second, Carpenter snuck a line drive into the left field corner, scoring Hector Lorenzana and Matt Oberste, who were issued back-to-back walks by Kansas State senior righthander Jake Doller (2-3).

Doller was replaced by southpaw Jared Moore, but OU designated hitter Colt Bickerstaff singled to left center to plate Carpenter and put the Sooners up 3-1.

Carpenter added a solo home run, his second of the season, in the fourth to extended the Sooners’ lead.

Oklahoma added three runs in the eighth after Aikin, Jack Mayfield and White loaded the bases with three straight singles. Hermelyn hit a fly ball into right center, too shallow for outfielder Mitch Meyer to grab, and Aikin scored.

Lorenzana and Matt Oberste added two runs, moving Mayfield and White home with sacrifice flies.

Jake Fisher (2-2) pitched into the eighth inning before putting two aboard. Fisher struck out seven and allowed nine hits, but the Sooners’ defense kept the Wildcats’ firepower to a minimum.

“I thought we played well today and I thought Jake Fisher did a really good job.” Golloway added. “We let Hermelyn call the pitches today and, for a freshman, he cut them up pretty good. They’re a good-hitting team, especially here at home where the wind prevails going out and with the really forgiving turf. I think it was a really special job.”

Third baseman R.J. Santigate hit into right center and KSU waved two baserunners home, but the speedy Alspaugh grabbed the hit on the hop and spun to Lorenzana, who threw to Hermelyn, putting out Davis, the trailing runner, sliding into home.



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