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Oklahoma won a pitcher's duel on Friday in the first round of the Kleberg Bank College Classic. Luckily for the Sooners they had Dillon Overton on the mound as he kept Iowa at bay during his eight complete innings of work. He was masterful in his attack of the Hawkeye batters. He struck out nine, lowering his season ERA to 0.38, and retired 24 of the 32 batters he faced.
Iowa's Sasha Kuebel was equally impressive as he put the brakes on Oklahoma's offense through most of the day. The game was scoreless through five innings before the Sooners plated a run in the top of the sixth when Max White scored Craig Aikin on a sacrifice. White added another RBI to his name in the eighth when his single scored Jack Mayfield.
Kleberg Bank College Classic
Oklahoma 3, Iowa 1
New Mexico 7, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 0
The Sooners added their third and final run in the top of the ninth when freshman Anthony Hermelyn knocked in Garrett Carey with a single to left field. Matt Oberste continued his hitting streak to seven games when he sent a double down the right field line in the fourth inning.
Things became interesting in the bottom of the ninth when JUCO transfer Robert Tasin came in relief of Overton to close the game out. Getting off to a good start, Tasin retired the first two batters that he faced before Taylor Zeutenhorst came up to bat. Zeutenhorst singled to center field and then advanced to third on a Kris Goodman single. He then came on when an off pitch got past Oklahoma catcher Anthony Hermelyn to bring the score to 3-1. Tasin then walked Iowa's Eric Toole to put the tying run on first, with Goodman on second. Needing a big out Tasin was able to strike out Jake Mangler to end the game.
Oklahoma has shown a knack of winning tight games this season which speaks volumes in two different ways. First, when conference play starts there are sure to be some tight spots that this team will find themselves in. That's when the advantage of playing in close games early in the season will be a benefit. Secondly, the way this team is able to hold themselves together and come through in clutch situations speaks volumes towards the chemistry of a team that is relatively young and inexperienced. You have to think that the more experienced they become the more dangerous they will become.
The Sooners will play Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday evening at 6:00 and will face right-handed pitcher Trevor Foss who struck out 15 batters in his last outing. Check in here at CCM for an active game thread immediately following the basketball game against Baylor.