Oklahoma got through the first game of their series against Alabama State with only using up one arm in their pitching rotation. That's because Jordan John was untouchable for most of the night as he struck out 12 of the 31 batters he faced, allowing no runs on just four hits, in his complete game shutout of the Hornets.
John was backed up by an offense that delivered runs in three different innings and was sparked by a three-for-four performance from the plate by Max White.
Friday Night Big XII Baseball Scores
Kansas 7, Texas 2
Baylor 5, Texas A&M 3
Oklahoma 5, Alabama State 0
Oklahoma State 2, Texas Tech 1
Missouri 13, Kansas State 4
The Sooners took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when White doubled to center field bringing in Jack Mayfield. It was the only run they would score in the inning and as it turned out it would really be the only run OU would need for the entire game. However, Oklahoma wasn't quite finished from the plate.
White was the first Sooner to reach base in the third inning when he singled to right field. He then advanced to second base on a wild pitch and then scored on a Cody Reine single. Reine would then score himself off a Evan Mistich single to right field giving the Sooners a 3-0 advantage at the end of three.
OU added to their lead again in the seventh when Reine and Tanner Toal crossed home plate. Reine came in on a Garrett Carey sacrifice and Toal scored on an Erik Ross single to provide the final score of 5-0.
It was the type of dominating performance Oklahoma needed to deliver against a team of lesser competition. Jordan John was spot on from the mound and once again OU's batters delivered clutch hits when it really mattered. All five of Oklahoma's runs on Friday night were scored with the Sooners having two outs.
Game two of the series is scheduled to start at 2:00 Saturday afternoon.