It's just one series, and the first one on the season for that matter, but if the strength of this OU baseball team is supposed to be the starting pitching staff they didn't instill a lot of confidence in OU fans this weekend. Dillon Overton certainly wasn't terrible in the opener Friday, but got the Sooners behind early and struggled with his control somewhat. In spite of that, thanks to Jordan John and the OU bats, the Sooners were able to scratch out a come from behind victory. Game two of the series was nowhere near as successful.
Newcomer Jonathan Gray had a terrible debut to his OU career, walking six and failing to get out of the second inning. That along with dominating Pepperdine starter Scott Frazier led to a miserable 10-0 defeat.
In the rubber match on Sunday, Oklahoma would for the first time in the series jump out an early lead. The Sooners scored three runs in the top half of the first without a single base hit. However that lead would be short lived as Pepperdine would score one run in their own half of the first and then take the lead with a three run third inning. Again, the Sooners starter, this time Steven Okert and his five walks, would struggle with their control and constantly faced batters with runners on the bases. Reliever Steven Bruce entered the game and allowed two solo home runs in the bottom half of the fifth giving Pepperdine a 6-3 lead.
Despite struggling for most of the weekend, the OU bats were able to claw their way back into the game score three runs to tie the game (two in the 6th and one in the 7th). However Pepperdine would score what would prove to be the winning run in the bottom half of the seventh. It was the winning run because the game was called after eight innings due to a travel curfew rule. A less than satisfying finish to be sure and a disappointing opening series as well.
The Sooners return home to Norman and look to rebound with a three game set against Hartford in a newly renovated L. Dale Mitchell Park.
CC did a great job recapping the first two games of the series if you didn't already read them.
Sooners Win Game One, 4-3 - Oklahoma fell into a hole early when the Wave scored runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. The Sooners pulled out a two-out rally in the fourth boosted by freshman Hunter Lockwood who recorded a hit, an RBI and crossed the plate for the game tying run. The Sooners took the lead in the fifth when Max White drove in Erik Ross. Pepperdine tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom half of the inning but the Sooners struck again in the sixth for the go ahead run. Sophomore Matt Oberste hit a two-out double in the sixth and was then driven in by Garrett Carey for the game clinching run.
Starting pitcher Dillon Overton pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 7 hits from the 24 batters he faced. All three of Pepperdine's runs came against Overton but he also recorded five strikeouts. Jordan John came in as the middle reliever and held the Wave scoreless over 3.1 innings. He faced 11 batters and fanned three of them. Damien Magnifico, who has already reach a cult like status, came in as the closer and recorded the save after facing four batters in the 9th. He gave up one hit and recorded one strikeout on pitches that clocked more than 100 mph.
Sooners Blown Out In Game Two, 10-0 - Oklahoma couldn't get any offense going against Pepperdine pitchers in game two and Sooner pitchers were shellacked to the tune of 10 runs on 14 hits. Starter Jonathan Gray only lasted 2.2 innings and gave up 1 run on two hits. Meanwhile OU batters were unable to move anyone across the plate on Pepperdine starter Scott Frazier who lasted seven innings and gave up 5 hits.
Left fielder Evan Mistich reached base three times today in three appearances at the plate. He hit twice and reached on a walk but that was pretty much it for the Oklahoma offense.