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College Baseball Weekend Thread | Belmont A Oklahoma

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Sooners Complete Sweep Of Belmont With 10-1 Win

For the first time this season the Oklahoma Sooners have recorded a weekend series sweep of an opponent. OU has posted winning records in three of the four weekends played in the first month of the college baseball season but were unable to come up with a three-game sweep until now.

Winning the first two games of their series against Belmont in dramatic fashion, 4-3 in 10 innings on Friday and 6-5 in 11 innings on Saturday, Oklahoma lit up the scoreboard at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Sunday afternoon.The Sooners scored 10 runs off 12 hits in Sunday's game and were never threatened by the Bruins.

All of OU's scoring came in three innings where the Sooners plated three runs in the third, four in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Freshman Austin O'Brien went 4-for-5 from the plate, with 3 RBI, as the DH for Oklahoma while Anthony Hermelyn went 2-for-3 with 4 RBI. Sheldon Neuse and Dylan Neal also recorded a multi-hit game with two each.

After recording just one hit through the first two innings, Neal led off the third with a single to center field and then was able to advance to second on a botched pickoff attempt. He wouldn't end up scoring in the inning (thrown out at home) but he did start off a series of events that saw four of Oklahoma's five batters reach base, resulting in a three-run inning for the Sooners.

OU topped their third inning antics by posting four runs in the fifth due in large part to a 3-RBI double by O'Brien that scored Hector Lorenzana, Sheldon Neuse, and Mac James.

After scoring their only run of the game in the top of the sixth, Oklahoma responded with adding three more of their own in the bottom half, Hermelyn brought in two of those runs on a single up the middle.

Sitting on a 10-1 lead going into the seventh, the Sooners turned to their bullpen to get them through. Jacob Evans pitched a scoreless seventh with Robert Tasin and pitching a perfect eighth and Alec Hansen a scoreless ninth. Starter Jake Elliott picked up his second win of the season by going six full innings, striking out five batters and allowing just the single run on six hits.

The Sooners are riding a 4-game winning streak going into Tuesday's non-conference match up against TCU. They will also have a non-conference game against Oklahoma State on April 1st.

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Sooners Walk It Off Again

Drama, oh yeah we've got your drama! For the third consecutive game the Oklahoma Sooners get an extra inning hit to win and for the second consecutive game it was in walk off fashion. After Taylor Alspaugh's base hit in the tenth led the Sooners to victory on Tuesday night, he encored Friday with a tenth inning walk off home run.

On Saturday afternoon the Sooners found themselves in what has become a familiar situation. With the game tied 5-5 in the 1tth it was Anthony Hermelyn who delivered the RBI double to win the game.

The Sooners out hit Belmont 12-10 and posted runs in the first (2),  fifth, sixth, seventh, and eleventh innings to win their second game of the series. It was also the second time in this series that Oklahoma had to mount a comeback late in the game. OU trailed the Bruins 4-3 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Ralph Garza has potentially benefited the most from Oklahoma's late game heroics. The Sooner closer picked up his third consecutive victory in as many appearances and now has a 3-0 record on the year. Starter Adam Choplick went seven innings with seven strikeouts but also gave up four runs off seven hits.

Five Oklahoma batters recorded a multi-hit game on Saturday.

The Sooners will go for the sweep of Belmont on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for Noon.

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Alspaugh Delivers Game Winning Walk Off

Stop me if you've heard this before. Junior outfielder Taylor Alspaugh only recorded one hit in Oklahoma's baseball game against Belmont on Friday night but it was the hit of the game. Following his tenth inning home run against UTA on Tuesday night, Alspaugh singled to left-center field, in the bottom of the 10th, on Friday night to provide the Sooners with their first walk off win of the season.

Belmont was able to build a 3-1 win through the first three innings of the game, thanks to four hits off Sooner starter Corey Copping, and kept the Sooners in check, offensively for most of the night. Oklahoma tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the opening frame when Craig Aiking scored when Niko Buentello grounded into a double-play.

The Bruins came storming back in the third, posting two more runs to take a 3-1 lead. The Sooners would then chip away at it for the rest of the game. Oklahoma added a run when Hunter Haley scored on a Hector Lorenzana single to the third base side. Oklahoma would then tie the game in the bottom of the ninth when Kolby Carpenter was able to sneak home on a wild pitch.

With the game tied 3-3, the stage was set for Alspaugh once again. Stepping to the plate, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, Alspaugh sent the first pitch he faced for a ride. The hit scored Tyler Coolbaugh, who had come in to run for Neuse after he had reached third base off a double and then advancement by a Dylan Neal sacrifice bunt.

Eight Sooners recorded a hit in the game but none recorded more than one. Belmont was held to seven hits from seven different players as well.

Ralph Garza, Jr picked up his second win of the season by pitching a perfect tenth inning. His appearance came on the heels of a three inning, 3 run performance by starter Corey Copping and six scoreless innings of relief by Kyle Hayes (4) and Drew Krittenbrink (2).

The Sooners have now won back-to-back games following a loss four times this season. They'll take their two-game winning streak into Saturday evenings game two match up with the Bruins.

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