In their previous outing against Ottoson, the Sooners struggled against his array of slow stuff, chasing pitches out of the zone and managing mostly feeble at-bats. That night in Stillwater — a 6-1 win — Ottoson gave up five singles and retired 12 straight at one point, pitching into the ninth inning.
This time, Ottoson didn't make it out of the second.
He scuffled through the first, walking two and giving up a sacrifice fly and two hits, including a two-run triple by Cody Reine. Then Oberste's blast signaled his end.
“When we faced him in Stillwater, we chased a lot of balls out of the zone, because he had that big, loopy curve ball,” Reine said. “Tonight, we focused on seeing pitches in the zone. And I think we did a good job with that.
“It always helps seeing the pitcher for the second time. The first time, you're still trying to figure out what he has.”
The Cowboys used four pitchers in all, with the Sooners finishing with 11 hits.
By the time OSU finally managed some success at the plate, they found themselves far behind.
“It's tough,” said Cowboys center fielder Saulyer Saxon, “especially when Gray had all his stuff. He was good. We never thought we were out of it. In the end, we started to battle him, but we got started too late.”
OSU missed an opportunity to move into a three-way tie with Texas and Texas A&M in the Big 12 standings, instead falling to 12-8 and fourth place in league play, 27-18 overall. The Sooners improved to 10-9 and 30-18.