NORMAN – Sophomore Levi Prater struck out five batters in 6.1 innings and junior Jason Ruffcorn attained his 2nd help save of the weekend, as the Oklahoma baseball team accomplished the weekend sweep of Cal Poly with a 5-2 victory Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Sophomore initial baseman Tyler Hardman and junior 2nd baseman Conor McKenna equally went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs to lead the Sooners’ 8-strike energy. OU (3-) scored one particular run in the 2nd and fifth innings and additional 3 much more in the eighth. Prater (1-) authorized just one particular run on 3 hits with one particular stroll in the get. Ruffcorn pitched the final 1.1 frames and struck out two batters to choose up the help save. Cal Poly (-3) starter Darren Nelson (-1) authorized two operates in 5.2 innings in the decline.
With the weekend sweep, the Sooners begin the year 3- for the initial time given that 2013.
“Prater was fantastic,” Oklahoma head mentor Skip Johnson reported. “The spirit of the dugout was fantastic, and the execution was fantastic. The pitchers arrived out and they ended up on their own. When they get in this surroundings you stress about that a tiny little bit. We apply video game like. We do a ton of things video game like. I consider that was a separator for us. They arrived out and they ended up on their own. That was fantastic indicator and a fantastic move ahead for us.”
Oklahoma took the lead in the 2nd inning on a pair of doubles by McKenna and Hardman. McKenna found open up land in deep appropriate center subject and Hardman drove him property with a double laced down the appropriate subject line. OU produced its 2nd run in the fifth when senior appropriate fielder Blake Brewster attained on a dropped pop up and finally scored on a groundout by Vujovich.
The Sooners additional 3 insurance policy operates in the eighth to lengthen the lead to 5-1. McKenna doubled down the appropriate subject line to plate two operates, but was thrown out hoping to stretch it to a triple. The double scored junior catcher Brady Lindsly, who went 2-for-4 in the video game, and junior shortstop Brandon Zaragoza, who walked twice and was strike by a pitch. Sophomore specified hitter Cade Cavalli then tripled into deep appropriate center and scored on Hardman’s foundation strike to appropriate subject.
Cal Poly cut the OU lead to 2-1 in the top rated of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by 3rd baseman Nick DiCarlo to score center fielder Bradlee Beesley. In the ninth, Beesley scored on a foundation strike by specified hitter Blake Wagenseller.
Oklahoma pitching authorized just six operates in the series, tallying 20 strikeouts to just nine walks. The starters authorized just four attained operates in 17.2 innings, and the bullpen was even batter, totaling nine strikeouts and allowing just one particular run in 9.1 innings of function.
The Sooners journey to facial area Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Dallas. OU then goes to San Diego, Calif., for the Tony Gwynn Common next weekend, Feb. 22-24, the place it will facial area San Diego, San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton.