Weekend College Baseball Thread | Oklahoma Sooners At Kansas Jayhawks

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Sooners Take Series From Kansas With 2-1 Win

The Oklahoma Sooners were shut out for eight of the nine innings or their game against the Jayhawks on Saturday but the two runs they scored in the to of the fourth were just enough to win thanks to another dominating pitching performance.

Kansas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Justin Protacio scored on a Michael Suiter sacrifice to center field. Facing their second 1-0 deficit in as many days, the Sooners were able to muster enough offense in the top of the fourth to secure their second consecutive come-from-behind victory.

Sheldon Neuse led off the fourth with a single through the left side and then moved to third when Anthony Hermelyn doubled, down the left field line, with the next at bat. They both came home on sacrifices by Hunter Haley and Austin O'Brien to put the Sooners up 2-1 for the second day in a row.

Oklahoma was held to just eight hits in the game with Hermelyn and Niko Buentello recording two each and Neuse, Haley, O'Brien, Craig Aikin providing the other four.

As good as the Jayhawks have been from the mound this weekend, the Sooners have been just a touch better. Sophomore Adam Choplick picked up his third win of the season after going 5.2 innings and allowing just one run on four hits while also striking out six. Drew Krittenbrink pitched two thirds of an inning in relief and was followed by Jacob Evans, Kyle Hayes, and Ralph Garza, Jr. on the mound. Krittenbrink, Hayes, and Garza combined to throw 2.2 innings of no hit ball.

"Our pitching staff has been unbelievably reliable and the saving grace for this team, for the season and for this weekend," Coach Pete Hughes said after the game.

Kansas starter Robert Kahana dropped his season record to 1-4 on the year but threw a respectable 6.1 innings against Oklahoma, in which he allowed just six hits and the two runs.

Saturday's 2-1 win gives OU the series against the Jayhawks with one game still left. Oklahoma is now 20-8 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. The Sooners and Jayhawks will play the series finale on Sunday with a 1:00 pm first pitch.


Pitching Leads Oklahoma To Opening Win vs. Kansas


The Sooners and Jayhawks are two of the top three hitting teams in the Big Twelve but based on their performances on Friday night you would think that they were also two of the top pitching teams. What was thought to be a game chalked full of offense turned into a pitcher's duel with the game going scoreless through the first six innings.

The Jayhawks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Ka'iana Eldredge scored on a two-out double by Aaron Hernandez. While Kansas would threaten again in the eighth and ninth innings it would be the only run they'd be able to muster against a stellar pitching performance that held the Big XII's top hitting team to just five hits for the game.

Oklahoma started their rally in the top of the eighth when a bases-loaded walk scored Hunter Haley and ended a scoring drought for the Sooners that lasted 25-innings and dated back to last Saturday's game against Kansas State.

With the game tied at 1-1, in the top of the 9th, freshman Sheldon Neuse knocked in Craig Aikin on a two-out single up the middle to put Oklahoma ahead for good by the final score of 2-1. Neuse was the only Sooner player to record multiple hits in the game by going 2-of-4 from the plate. Aikin, Haley, Mac James and Hector Lorenzana also recorded a hit for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma starter Corey Copping lasted 4.1 innings, giving up just two hits and no runs, before giving way to Kindle Ladd who went 2.2 innings, allowing three hits and the only Kansas run of the night. Jacob Evans and Ralph Garza, Jr. combined to hold the Jayhawks scoreless over the final two innings, with Garza taking 1.2 of the two innings.

The Sooners only managed six hits themselves and, like Kansas, left eleven runners stranded. The win pushed Oklahoma's season record to 19-8 and temporarily puts them in sole possession of second place in the Big Twelve, with the Jayhawks now moving a game behind into third place.

Both teams will go back at it again on Saturday afternoon at 2:00.

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