Oklahoma Sooners Baseball Hosts 6-2 Abilene Christian In Two-Game Series

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Sooners Sweep Abilene Christian

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Mac James was huge behind the plate and the Sooner hurlers combined for six strikeouts as Oklahoma takes their second game in a row from Abilene Christian on Thursday afternoon with a 3-1 win.

All three of Oklahoma wins came in the third inning, led off by Hunter Haley crossing home plate off a Mac James double to right-center field. It was the seventh double of the season for James who now leads the Big Twelve in that category.

Taylor Alspaugh then brought James home in the next Oklahoma at bat when he singled to the right side. A Keach Ballard double (Oklahoma's second of the inning) would bring home Alspaugh to give the Sooners their three runs.

James finished the day going three-for-three from the plate with an RBI and a run scored. He was the only Sooner to record multiple hits during the game. "Some hitters just have a knack for understanding what locations they're hitting and finding the spots where defenders are not," Huges said about his team's percentage leader. "Mac always finds that six hole. Look at today, he hit a ball off the bag. He's just got that knack of placing the ball where the fielders arent."

Abilene Christian threatened in the 8th when Drew Krittenbrink walked the first two batters of the inning. Taylor Waters then singled to center field to push in the Wildcats first and only run of the game. Gunnar Buhner became the fourth consecutive ACU batter to reach in the inning, prompting Oklahoma coach Pete Huges to make the call to the bullpen for Ralph Garza, Jr. Garza quickly got the Sooners out of the jam by getting Jordan Forrester to hit into a double-play on a 1-1 pitch.

Jacob Evans recorded his first win of the season after entering the game in the fourth inning. He went 3.1 innings, recording six strikeouts and allowing no runs.

"I just trusted my stuff and everything was there, and I let my defense work." Evans said after the game. "The best thing that came out of today was Jacob Evans feeling good about himself," Coach Hughes added.

The Sooners start a three-game series against Rutgers over the weekend with a double-header that begins at 3:00 on Friday afternoon.


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OU Baseball vs. Abilene Christian Game Two Thread

Oklahoma (8-4) vs. Abilene Christian (6-3)

Location:

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

Radio:

KREF Sports Talk 1400
Toby Rowland
Chris Plank

Video:

SoonerSports.tv

Live Stats:

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Sooner Bullpen Shows Depth In 4-1 Win

It was clear on Wednesday afternoon that Oklahoma baseball coach Pete Hughes wanted to get into his bullpen and give his guys a look. A total of five Sooner pitchers took the mound against Abilene Christian, in the opener of their two-game series, and produced a run run/six hit performance with eight strikeouts. Perhaps the most impressive stat of the day for Oklahoma pitchers was that, in 34 batters faced, they only allowed two walks.

Freshman Octavio Rodriguez earned the win in what was the first start of his Oklahoma baseball career. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out one. He was followed on the mound by Robert Tasin, Kindle Ladd, and Kyle Hayes who each pitched two innings as well. Tasin struck out a game-high three batters while each of the relievers allowed just a single hit. Kyle Hayes was credited for allowing Abilene Christian's only run of the game.

Wednesday's Big XII Baseball Scores

Oklahoma

4

Abilene Christian

1

Norman, Okla.

Baylor

3

Lamar

2

Waco, Texas

Ralph Garza, Jr. pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his second save of the year. It was his eighth appearance of the year which puts him with the most in the Big Twelve.

Oklahoma struck first in the bottom of the second inning when Taylor Alspaugh sent a Garrett Demeyere pitch over the right field wall for the first home run of his career. An inning later Hunter Haley sent a solo shot over the right field wall to improve OU's lead to 2-0. It was the fourth homer of the season for Haley and his fifteenth run scored which puts him in a tie for the Big Twelve lead in both categories.

After four scoreless innings the Wildcats made the game interesting in the top of the eighth when Seth Spivey scored on a double steal to cut into Oklahoma's lead at 2-1. The Sooners responded by scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning when Anthony Hermelyn and Mac James scored on a Keach Ballard single to put the game at the final score of 4-1. The eighth inning was the 25th time Oklahoma has scored multiple runs in an inning this season.

Oklahoma and Abilene Christian play the second game of their series on Thursday with a first pitch scheduled for 3:00.

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OU Baseball vs. Abilene Christian Game One Thread

Oklahoma (7-4) vs. Abilene Christian (6-2)

Location:

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

Radio:

KREF Sports Talk 1400
Toby Rowland
Chris Plank

Video:

SoonerSports.tv

Live Stats:

SoonerSports.com

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