Ladd was able to settle in thanks to some offensive help early.
Anthony Hermelyn and Kolbey Carpenter each hit two-run singles in the first as Cowboys starter Garrett Williams lasted just 2/3 of an inning.
“I feel like we’ve been playing well, it just hasn’t gone in our favor,” Carpenter said “I think we played good enough to win and luckily it just went our way tonight.”
The Sooners added two more in the fourth and then two more in the eighth on Sheldon Neuse’s two-run home run.
Hermelyn, a key contributor on last season’s OU team that won the Big 12 Tournament, said this team had the potential to make another run.
“All those returners go to bed at night and that ring’s still on our nightstands,” Hermelyn said. “So it’s a reminder right there of what you can accomplish if you get on a run and get hot. Tonight things went our way and hopefully here starting Wednesday it’ll keep going our way. We’re looking forward to making a run right here and getting into the (NCAA) tournament.”
While OU is looking to turn around its regular-season fortunes, the Cowboys will try to keep their going after winning the league outright for the first time in Big 12 history.
“As I told the boys out in the outfield, that part of the year is done now,” Holliday said. “We’re proud of what we’ve done but it can do nothing but provide confidence. It cannot continue to be the talking point for us. We have to go out now and roll up our sleeves for the next phase of the year.”