On Fish’s sudden swing.
OU reliever Robert Tasin, the Sooners’ third pitcher, opened the inning with a strikeout of Saulyer Saxon. But Donnie Walton singled, Tanner Krietemeier walked and Gage Green reached on an infield single to load the bases for Fish.
Named the Big 12 Player of the Year by the league coaches earlier in the week, Fish turned on Tasin’s 1-1 delivery and drilled it well over the seats in left field and off the advertising signage above the walkway.
“It was a slider that was right around my knees, so I knew I had to go get it,” Fish said. “I had one out, so I knew I had to get the ball in the air and hit it as hard as I could.”
In the end, OSU owned the big bases-loaded situations, courtesy of Wheeland and Fish.
“There were a couple of moments there big with momentum and the outcome of the game,” said Cowboys coach Josh Holliday. “Vinnie has a bunch of experience in pitching in those situations. (He has) immeasurable talent to pitch in those situations like he has.
“And I’m really proud of Zach. He handled the moment awfully good. The kid went breaking ball pitch on him and he did with it what you need guys to do for you to have a great day.
“Those are two moments that we won.”