When Oklahoma has done well this season, generally Dillon Overton and Jonathan Gray have generally been the driving forces.
So far in the Big 12 Tournament, Overton and Gray have likely put the Sooners back in the driver’s seat for an NCAA berth and put OU within a win of a championship-game appearance.
Friday, it was Overton coming through with five scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpen in an 8-0 win over Texas Tech at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
It wasn’t a cakewalk, though.
Overton loaded the bases with one out in the second with a pair of singles and a walk before getting Mason Randolph to ground into a double play to end the inning.
“Sometimes those are the toughest double-play balls,” Sooners coach Sunny Golloway said. “They are routine but if you don’t turn them, you are giving up runs.
“I thought that was what Dillon Overton needed to get going. he kind of breathed a sigh of relief after that inning.”
Red Raiders starter Dominic Moreno held the Sooners in check until the fourth when Colt Bickerstaff put OU on top with a single.
The Sooners then blew the game open in the final two innings, getting two in the eighth and five in the ninth.
“We just kept grinding it and felt like at some point we could string something together,” Golloway said. “But the runs were precious to us early.”
Now, the Sooners are in a familiar position.
Finishing 2-1 in pool play won't help Oklahoma make it to Sunday’s championship game.
Even before Kansas State's game against Baylor on Friday afternoon, Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. matchup between the Sooners and Wildcats was set to decide the pool winner.