There's no rest for the weary in college baseball but at least for a moment the Oklahoma Sooners can take a breath following a big win over Oklahoma State. It'll be a very brief moment of rest though as the Sooners and Cowboys will hook it up one more time on Wednesday afternoon in the Big Twelve Tournament.
Taking advantage of a fast start and solid pitching, OU jumped on top of OSU in the first inning on Saturday night, in Tulsa, and never relinquished their lead. Anthony Hermelyn and Kolby Carpenter knocked in two runs each in the first as the Sooners took a 4-0 lead and batted around the order.
After pushing their lead to 6-0 by adding two more runs in the sixth, freshman Sheldon Neuse capped off Oklahoma's scoring by cranking the ball over the fence, for a two-run blast, scoring OU's seventh and eighth runs of the night. The Sooners' eight runs came on eleven hits with Craig Aikin, Mac James, Anthony Hermelyn, and Kolby Carpenter each having multi-hit nights.
Oklahoma starter Kindle Ladd recorded his fourth win of the season by pitching five full innings and giving up just one run off four hits. Jeffrey Curran took the mound for the final four innings and recorded his first save by striking out four batters.
"Our pitchers never beat themselves against a team that was playing really well," Coach Hughes said afterwards. OU's 8-1 victory snapped a twelve-game winning streak for OSU.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have met five times this baseball season with the Cowboys owning a 3-2 record over the Sooners.