NORMAN, Okla. -- Sophomore catcher Mac James hit a two-out single into center field to score junior infielder Matt Oberste and lift the No. 16-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team to a 9-8 marathon victory in 15 innings over Oral Roberts Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The win marked the sixth in a row for the Sooners (18-4) and was the longest game in terms of innings since OU topped Kansas State, 5-4, in 15 innings in Manhattan, Kan., on April 18, 1964. Tuesday's game featured a combined 13 pitchers used by both teams and lasted 5:04. OU won in walk-off fashion for the fourth time in 2013.
Oral Roberts (5-14) overcame a 4-0 deficit after one by plating six runs in the second, then two more in the fourth to take an 8-4 lead, but the Sooners shut out the Golden Eagles over the ensuing 11 frames and scored five unanswered to complete the comeback. OU plated two in the sixth and two more in the seventh to tie the game, and the contest remained in an eight-all deadlock until James and the Sooners completed the rally in the 15th.
"We finally found a way to get it done, so good for the Sooners," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway."
Freshman outfielder Hunter Haley went a career-best 4-for-6 with two RBI while Oberste tallied four hits for the second straight game and extended his hitting streak to 25 consecutive games dating back to the 2012 season, tying him for the second-longest such streak in program history with Derek Wathan (1997-98).
Freshman southpaw Jacob Evans -- the sixth pitcher utilized by OU -- twirled a career-high five scoreless innings of relief and fanned a career-high six. He earned the win on the hill to improve to 3-0 on the season. Senior left-handed reliever Jake Fisher tossed three scoreless frames.
OU closes out its midweeks series against Oral Roberts Wednesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. Fans can purchase tickets online on SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU. Wednesday's contest will be carried on FOX College Sports.
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