April 14, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning with a pair of two-run homers by Hunter Lockwood and Evan Mistich and the Sooners cruised to an 8-4 victory over Missouri on Saturday.
"I felt like we had pretty good momentum throughout the day and we came to the yard to play after a big win last night," said Lockwood. "It (his homer) kind of sealed the deal and `Stich' (Mistich) coming up right after that and hitting another two-run home run put them away for the rest of the game."
Jordan John (6-4) recorded his second straight win in as many days as OU claimed the series victory over Missouri, the Sooners' 10th (seven of the last eight) over the Tigers since Big 12 play started in 1997.
The win was the Sooners' third straight and upped their overall mark to 21-14. OU improved to 6-8 in Big 12 play, while the Tigers dropped to 18-16 and 3-8.
Max White and Erik Ross finished with a game-high three hits in the game as the Sooners pounded out 14 base knocks on the afternoon, one shy of a season high and the second straight outing with 10 or more.
OU trailed 2-0 after the top half of the game's initial frame, but White drove in a run in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly, and was followed by another sac fly by Lockwood to tie the game at two runs apiece.
While the Sooners immediately countered the Tigers' two runs in the first, they took a 4-2 lead in the second inning as White drove in his second run of the game after Caleb Bushyhead singled in a run in the previous at-bat.
"I thought we really did a good job battling back and forth today as far as them taking an early lead and us pulling away late," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "The key is to win the series. Now that we have won the series, like our told our guys, tomorrow is going to be the difference of gaining one game on your Big 12 overall record or gaining three games. Tomorrow is going to be crucial."
John struggled early on with two runs in the first and two more in the third but settled down to toss seven innings in the start, just one night after pitching the ninth inning and earning the win in the series opener Friday.
The Sooner offense gave John his team-leading sixth win of the year off the two-run bombs by Lockwood and Mistich in the sixth. Seven of the Sooners' eight runs came off Missouri starter Blake Holovach, who fell to 5-2 on the year. Holovach lasted 5 2/3 innings but was touched up for 11 hits and four walks.
"We asked an awful lot of him (John) to close last night under pressure, and the emotion sometimes takes more out of you than the physical part of the game," added Golloway. "For him to go out today and pitch the way he did was huge."
Drew Harrison relieved John in the eighth inning and produced two shutout frames. It marked his third appearance of the season and first since March 17 against Texas.
The series finale is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday and will be carried on the Sooner Sports Network on radio (KREF 1400 AM) and television (Cox Ch. 3/703 HD) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Tickets purchased in advance for Sunday's game will be valid for Sunday's game at 1 p.m.
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.