Catcher Hunter Lockwood hit his team high 5th home run of the season Tuesday in OU's 9-4 win over UAPB. Photo via ktul.images.worldnow.com
Gusty doesn't even begin to describe the weather in Oklahoma on Tuesday and it took Sooner Skipper Sunny Galloway a combination of four different pitchers to get his Oklahoma squad a win against the Arkansas Pine Bluff Lions.
UAPB held a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning which resulted in Oklahoma starter Chris Burgess getting the yank after the opening frame. He faced six batters and gave up three hits and two runs. Drew Harrison came in at the top of the second and did a solid job pitching the next three innings. Against twelve batters he gave up three hits and one run while also striking out two and walking one.
The Sooners got on the board in the bottom of the second when Jake Smith doubled to center field, scoring Cody Reine. Then in the bottom of the third OU added two more runs to take a 3-2 lead. Hunter Lockwood continued his assault on college baseball by going yard as the Sooners' lead-off man and then Chase Simpson gave OU the lead when he scored on a Garrett Carey sacrifice.
UAPB's James Boulware homered in the top of the fourth to even the game up at 3-3 but it wouldn't stay that way very long. In the bottom half of the inning Oklahoma's Ty Taylor was walked in to once again give OU the advantage. Then the next batter, Max White, knocked in Jack Mayfield and Eric Ross to extend the lead to 6-3 and put Oklahoma in control.
Dillon Overton became Oklahoma's third pitcher of the day when he entered the game in the top of the fifth. Overton, you may remember, was robbed of a win on Friday night in New Mexico when he was pulled after a commanding performance and then Damien Magnifico melted down. He held the Lions scoreless over the next two innings, allowing no hits and striking out two while facing the minimum six batters to get his second win of the season and was actually owed this win.
Kindle Ladd pitched the final three innings and while he did allow one run in the top of the seventh he was complemented in the bottom half of the inning when Oklahoma's Cody Reine and Dylan Raper crossed the plate to provide the final score of 9-4.
Offensively Oklahoma recorded twelve hits in the game to go along with their nine runs but still had some struggles on the bases with runners being thrown out.
Wednesday provides the final tune up game before OU gets to the meat of the season starting with this weekend's Nike Showcase in Oregon in which the Sooners will play a total of four games against Connecticut, West Virginia, Oregon and Oregon State. First pitch in game two is at Noon.