Monday's game was slotted as a make-up for the canceled game in Lawrence against the Kansas Jayhawks. However, it was not against Division I talent as the Sooners took on another local team in the Mid-America Evangels. While this game was a chance to see a few names we are not accustomed to seeing, it was quite the battle through five innings of play. I was lucky enough to attend in person and actually got to participate in the "In Game Trivia!"
Through the first three innings the Evangels held their own behind pitcher Colby Crawford. One of the problems Oklahoma has talked about has been the ability to string together hits. Crawford had exposed this as an area that still needs a bit of work while he allowed only one hit that resulted in a run later in the inning.
Crawford would be the first of four pitchers for the Evangels while he and Grant Zimmerman were the most successful against the Sooner bats. From there, things went downhill for MACU.
On offense, it all culminated around Max White who just hours before the game started was named the Big XII Player of the Week. Through five innings, the Sooners held a 2-0 lead but the sixth would be where the gates opened wide as the third pitcher of the night took the mound.
As mentioned above, Max White was a key player in today's game. He knocked a double that brought in a run and would duplicate the feat again in the eighth this time bringing in two runs. This marks the eighth straight game for White with multiple hits.
But he wasn't the only one who produced in the sixth. As the bats got going, Dillion Yeaman recorded a three run shot to left field marking his first career hit. Not a bad way to start off your career at Oklahoma there buddy!
On the bump, Oklahoma saw this as an opportunity to throw some lesser known talent. Cale Coshow got the start but the biggest surprise was Jake Fisher. After Coshow gave the Sooners three solid innings of pitching, Fisher took the mound and stole the show.
Fisher has possibly one of the best curve balls I have seen in the flesh. It was definitely his bread and butter but the great thing was no player could get a bat on it. In 3 2/3 innings of work, Fisher struck out seven batters while allowing only two hits and no walks. If he could develop a few other solid pitches, he could become the ace on this ball club. Keep an eye on this kid!
Oklahoma would make its way through five pitchers throughout the game that secured the shutout. Fisher recorded his first win as a Sooner.