Midweek Baseball Open Thread

The Oklahoma Sooners look to continue their success during a five game home stand.

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Sooners Blank Lions For Series Sweep

For the second day in a row the Oklahoma Sooners got off to a quick start in their baseball game against the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, and for the second day in a row OU cruised to an easy 11-0 victory over the Golden Lions.

After scoring seven innings in the first frame on Tuesday, Oklahoma struck for three in the first inning on Wednesday afternoon. Lead-off batter Craig Aikin singled up the middle and then advanced to second when Hunter Haley, batting in the two hole, was hit by a pitch. Freshman Sheldon Neuse then stepped up and sent the ball sailing down the left-field line and over the fence for his second home run of the season.

Not satisfied with just a 3-0 lead, the Sooners added two more in the bottom of the second when Craig Aikin knocked in Taylor Alspaugh followed by Haley bringing in Mac James on a sacrifice. OU added another run in the third before giving the scoreboard a break in the fourth. They came back with a vengeance in the fifth though to post five more runs and crush any hopes UAPB had of making a game out of it. Freshman Niko Buentello started the scoring off in the fifth with a two-run shot over the left field wall. Alspaugh, Hecton Lorenzana and Mac James would also cross home plate during the inning to bring Oklahoma their run total of 11.

Wednesday's Big XII Baseball Scores

Oklahoma State

16

Alcorn State

1

Stillwater, Okla.

Oklahoma

11

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

0

Norman, Okla.

The Sooners were just as dominating from the mound on Tuesday as well with a combined seven pitchers throwing nine innings of shutout baseball. Starter Corey Copping went four full innings, allowing four hits while striking out two batters, before giving way to Kindle Ladd. Oklahoma's bullpen went the rest of the way, with new pitchers taking the mound each inning, allowing just two more hits while striking out a total of 9 Arkansas Pine Bluff batters.

Sheldon Neuse capped off his 2 hit/3 RBI day by coming in for the 9th and recording two strike outs to close out the game.

Up next for the Sooners in a trip to Orlando to play in the UCF Tournament. Oklahoma will play against the Citadel at 11:00 AM in Friday's opener.

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UAPB At Oklahoma Game Two Open Thread

No. 28 Oklahoma (3-1) vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (0-5)

Location:

Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)

Radio:

KREF Sports Talk 1400
Toby Rowland
Chris Plank

Live Webcast:

SoonerSports.tv

Live Stats:

SoonerSports.com

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Hunter Haley Blast Sooners By Arkansas Pine Bluf

The Sooners picked up Tuesday afternoon against Arkansas Pine Bluff exactly where they left off against Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon. Oklahoma blasted UAPB with 16 runs on 20 hits in Tuesday afternoon's opener to the two-game midweek series. The offensive onslaught was so severe for the Sooners that Arkansas Pine Bluff starter Humberto Zavala was bounced out in the first inning after giving up 6 earned runs. OU ended the opening frame with seven runs on the board, having had Craig Aikin, Hunter Haley, Sheldon Neuse and Niko Buentello collectively hit through the cycle in the inning.

Tuesday's Big XII Baseball Scores

Oklahoma

16

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

6

Norman, Okla.

-

San Francisco

7

Kansas State

6

San Francisco, Calif.

-

Oklahoma State

17

Alcorn State

4

Stillwater, Okla.

-

Texas

10

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

0

Austin, Texas

8 INN

Baylor

5

UT Arlington

2

Waco, Texas

-

TCU

10

Northern Colorado

3

Fort Worth, Texas

-

OU added four more runs in the third and then five in the fourth to get to their total of 16 for the game. Nine Sooner batters recorded multiple hits in the game, including Haley, Buentello and Anthony Hermelyn who recorded three each. Haley went yard in the first inning, as the second batter to approach the plate for the Sooners, and then repeated the feat again in the fourth to take the team lead in both home runs (3) and RBI (9) for the season.

From the mound, starter Connor Buchman was on the hook for all six of the Lions' runs (only two of them were earned) after allowing four hits and ushering three walks in 3.2 innings, while also striking out three batters. It was his first career start as a Sooner pitcher. Junior Robert Tasin came in to relieve Buchman and ended up getting the win after going 1.1 innings. He was the first of five Sooner relievers who came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings in which they only allowed four combined hits and struck out six UAPB batters.

The Sooners and Golden Lions play again on Wednesday afternoon with the first pitch slated for 3:00 PM.

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UAPB Vs. Oklahoma | Game One Thread

No. 28 Oklahoma (2-1) vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (0-4)
Location: Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)
Radio: KREF Sports Talk 1400
Toby Rowland
Chris Plank
Live Webcast: SoonerSports.tv
Live Stats: SoonerSports.com
Pitching Match-Ups
3:00 PM Tuesday: RHP-Connor Buchman (Jr.)
TBA
3:00 PM Wednesday: RHP-Corey Copping (So., 0-1, 5.74)
TBA
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