Sooners Use Young Arms And Swift Bats To Overpower Arkansas-Pine Bluff

USA Today Sports

Adam Choplick is a mountain of a young man. At 6-8/261 his fame is intimidating as it is. When you put him on an elevated mound of dirt and put a baseball in his hand it just adds to his intimidating power. Then when he throws with the control and velocity that he used on Tuesday night, he can be down right frightening.

Choplick threw five innings against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, allowing just one run on one hit and striking out six batters in the process. He left the mound with a 3-1 lead and would ultimately collect his first win of the season.

The Lions pulled to within the final score of 4-2 in the seventh, but were held at bay through the final two frames by Jacob Evans who recorded his first save as a Sooner by nearly pitching two perfect innings. Evans struck out five batters in the 8th and 9th innings, giving up just one hit, and held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless.

Tuesday Big 12 Baseball Scores

Oklahoma State 11, Alcorn State 3

Oklahoma 4, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2

Oklahoma State 8, Alcorn State 1

UT Arlington 2, Texas 1

Oklahoma 11, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1

Baylor 6, Texas State 3

Drew Krittenbrink was given the start in the second game of the double-header. He earned the win by throwing four innings. During that span he allowed two hits, no runs, and struck out four batters. Three other pitchers threw in the game, including weekend starters Billy Waltrip and Dillon Overton. In a bit of a redemption performance, Waltrip struck out three of the eight batters that he faced and allowed no runs off two hits. Ironically it was Overton, the team's ace, who gave up the only run Arkansas-Pine Bluff would score in the game. Overton pitched just one inning, recording no strikeouts and giving up two hits while also pegging a batter.

The second game was never close as Oklahoma already held a 6-1 lead at the end of the fifth inning and eventually turned it into an 11-1, eight inning victory. First baseman Matt Oberste hit his second home run of the season when his three-run blast went over the left field fence. The hit increased his RBI count to 12 in Oklahoma's six games.

The Sooners tallied their 11 runs off twelve hits and were led by second baseman Hector Lorenzana who went 3-for-3 from the plate.

Oklahoma (6-0) will play next in the Kleberg Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi this weekend. Their first opponent will be the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night.

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