It’s been an up-and-down road for OU starter Jacob Evans this season.
Thursday night, the sophomore turned in his best start of his career, going 61/3 innings and allowing four runs.
The three-run homer by Costello, though, proved to be too much.
“It was one pitch from being a completely different ballgame,” Evans said. “I felt good. I felt like I had all my stuff. I had a pretty good grip on my curveball tonight.”
It was the longest outing by a starter for the Sooners since Adam Choplick went seven against West Virginia on April 18.
“I thought that was his best performance in terms of composure, command of three pitches, controlling the tempo against a team that’s playing really well right now,” Hughes said. “He certainly pitched well enough to win and gave us a chance to win. He should feel real good about himself.”
BEDLAM RIVALS PLACE 16 ON ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each placed eight on the Academic All-Big 12 Team, announced Thursday by the league.
The Sooners have five on the first team while four Cowboys earned first-team honors.
OU’s first-teamers included seniors Kyle Hayes, Drew Krittenbrink and Dylan Neal and juniors Tyler Alspaugh and Robert Tasin.
Oklahoma State senior Mark Robinette, juniors Gage Green and Jon Perrin and sophomore Conor Costello were named to the first team.
The second team includes OU junior Mac James and sophomores Jacob Evans and Hunter Haley. OSU’s second-teamers were seniors Aaron Cornell and Heath Holliday and sophomores Alex Hackerott and Corey Hassel.
Green, Robinette and Perrin are on the team for the second consecutive season while Cornell was a first-team honoree in 2013.
Oklahoma’s eight honorees are all first-time recipients of the award.
The Sooners had their most academic all-conference honorees since nine OU players earned the honors in 2003.
CORNELL PLAY FIRES UP COWBOYS
Oklahoma had a tough time putting together scoring chances on OSU starter Perrin, but it looked like they’d have a golden one in the sixth when Craig Aiken started the inning by roping one into the left-field corner.
But Aaron Cornell quickly dug the ball out and fired to second to cut down Aiken.
“A momentum-changing play,” Holliday said. “It just takes the wind out of their sails. It gives us a huge lift ...I think he (Perrin) felt it.”