(Copyright by James Hale and OUInsider)
OU's Matt Oberste
The 14th Ranked OU Baseball team used a three run walk-off home run off the bat of senior Matt Oberste to beat Hofstra 7-4 and sweep of the four game weekend series in front of 1,101 fans on a beautiful sunny day at Dale Mitchell Park.
"We did a good job today offensively," said OU Head Baseball Coach Sunny Golloway following the game. "We got our lead off hitter on base twice, then bunted him up and ended up scoring him twice. I was proud of that because you are going to have to do that in the Big 12, and and you are not always going to get to play for the three run homer that is for sure.
"Defensively I thought Craig Akin took some hits away in center and Jack Mayfield took soon hits away at short and defensively we took some hits away from Hofstra and cut short some potential rallies.
"I thought we manufactured runs better today and the one thing that you don't sit around and wait on is a three-run homer, but I will be dog gone if that doesn't win today. We will take it, but with the wind blowing out we had Max White at first base with Obi up twice and we didn't try to steal with two outs and Obi just missed a couple of pitches. So he was close and there in the ninth I thought at the very least he is going to hit the ball hard and I was hoping it was not going to be at them when we finally got Mayfield to second base. Then he hit it pretty hard. Obi is a beast because to drive it out of here to right with the wind blowing out to left and it takes a man to do that."
Oberste drove in four runs on the day and nine during the four game series. Senior outfielder Max White continued his hot hitting with three hits, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Senior shortstop Jack Mayfield also had two hits and two runs scored. Freshman outfielder Hunter Haley drove in the other run for the Sooners.
Freshman Corey Copping drew the start for the Sooners and after seven innings left with a 4-1 lead. Copping gave up two hits and one run, one earned run while walking one and striking out four. Copping will be the number three starter next weekend when OU goes on the road in Corpus Christie, Texas at the Kleberg Bank College Classic, with Dillion Overton getting the call on Friday and Jonathan Gray on Saturday.
Senior Jake Fisher struggled in relief giving up three runs all earned and allowing the Pride to tie the game with three runs in the 8th. Closer Robert Tasin came in and pitched a perfect ninth.
The Sooners next game is Tuesday afternoon at Dale Mitchell against Arkansas Pine Bluff at 3:00 PM.