And that tone was set by Sooners starter Jacob Evans, who fought through five innings to give OU a chance to work its way back.
The offense didn’t start to come to life until the eighth, with the Sooners trailing 8-3.
Kolbey Carpenter got OU going with a leadoff home run and then things started rolling from there.
OU added two more in the eighth and then scored three in the ninth with the help of a pair of hit batters to come out with the win.
“The only thing running through my head was drive something deep in the outfield to tie this thing up right here,” Neuse said. “I got a breaking ball up and away, and I just went with it.”
The eighth-seeded Sooners must now win four more games in a row to win the tournament for the second consecutive season and advance to next week’s NCAA Regionals.
“We know we belong here,” Aikin said. “We might be the low seed, but we played the eighth seed (Kansas, actually the six seed last year) in the championship game. We know all it takes is a lot of hard work and character. If you want to win it, you’ll find a way into the championship game and you’ll pull it out.
“We have a lot of heart on this team and a lot of resiliency. We’re gonna keep fighting.”