April 13, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Garrett Carey delivered a game-winning single in the 10th inning as Oklahoma rallied for a 6-5 win over Missouri in the series opener on Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The game lasted three hours and seven minutes but was delayed three hours and 39 minutes with inclement weather in the area. The Sooners entered the 10th down 5-4 but received a game-tying double by Evan Mistich, who finished with a game-high three RBI.
“It was a long day,” said Sooner designated hitter Evan Mistich, who drove in three runs, including the game-tying run in the 10th inning. “It’s a lot better when it ends like this.”
Mistich was one of five Sooners to record a multi-hit game along with Carey, Caleb Bushyhead, Hunter Lockwood and Cody Reine.
OU took a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning but Missouri scored its fourth run of the game off a passed ball and an error on Carey to force extra innings.
But Carey received a chance in the 10th to make up for the fielding mistake with the game-winning hit. He also drove in a run in the sixth off a double.
“I got lucky and got the game in my hands and was able to take advantage of it,” Carey said.
Jordan John received the win after pitching the final inning to improve to 5-4. The Sooners jumped to 20-14 overall and 5-8 in Big 12 play.
Missouri reliever Jeff Emens dropped to 2-1 after giving up four hits and two runs in the final 1 2/3 innings. Missouri dropped to 18-15 overall and 3-7 in conference action.
“I don’t think I could have handled another Friday night extra-inning loss,” head coach Sunny Golloway said. “You tell me what speech you give to this team if happens a third time?”
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead after a three hour and 39 minute rain delay off a two-run blast by Dane Opel off OU starter Dillon Overton.
In the fourth, Mistich cut the Tigers’ lead down to one with a two-run groundrule double with the bases loaded.
Overton lasted 6 1/3 innings and exited with Missouri leading 3-2. With reliever Steven Okert on the mound in relief, the Sooners took their first lead of the game in the sixth with three extra-base hits starting with a double by Lockwood. He would come around to score on Cody Reine’s triple to tie the game at three and Reine scored the go-ahead run on Carey’s two-out double.
Game two of the series is slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday and can be heard on SoonerSports.com only. The series finale is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday on KREF 1400 AM.
Tickets purchased in advance for Saturday will be valid for Saturday’s contest at 11 a.m. Tickets purchased in advance for Sunday’s game will be valid for either Saturday or Sunday’s game.
Fans that have purchased an OU football Spring Game ticket, and present it at the L. Dale Mitchell box office prior to any of the remaining games this weekend, will receive a $4 general admission ticket.