Oklahoma got off to a hot start Friday night and didn't slow down on their way to a 14-3 thumping of Kansas State. The Wildcats actually started out with a 1-0 lead when Daniel Dellasega knocked in Adam Muenster but KSU wouldn't be able to protect it in the bottom half of the inning and the rout was on.
|Big 12 Baseball Scores Friday, April 30|
|Texas A&M 6, Nebraska 1|
|Missouri 12, Texas Tech 8|
|Oklahoma 14, Kansas State 3|
|Kansas 17, Oklahoma State 3|
|Texas 4, Baylor 2 10 INN|
With one out, Garrett Buechele tripled to right field and then Cameron Seitzer walked. Max White then drove in Buechele on a double to center field. Caleb Bushyhead scored Seitzer on a sacrifice and then Ross Hubbard knocked in Max White on a double to right field. Oklahoma concluded their first inning scoring when Hubbard scored on a throwing error following a Danny Black hit to second base. At the end of one OU held a 4-1 lead. It would be all the runs they needed to win the game but wouldn't be all they would get.
OU would add two more runs in the second, off a Caleb Bushyhead hit. Then they'd plate another four runs in the fifth before adding three in the sixth and one more in the eighth. The final tally for Oklahoma would read 14 runs on 18 hits and the damage was done. Garrett Buechele was five of six from the plate with five RBI and the Sooner pitchers were every bit as impressive as well.
Zach Neal earned the win after allowing just 9 hits over six innings. He faced 27 batters allowing just 2 runs. Jack Mayfield backed him up, striking out three over two innings, allowing no runs. Jarrett Semler closed it out for the Sooners by pitching the ninth inning.
While I'm thrilled with the win I also have to say I'm a bit skeptical. For some reason I'm reminded of the Texas Tech series when OU won the first game in a blowout but then last the final two games of the series. Focus will be key for the Sooners in Saturday's game two. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00.
Friday's win, along with Texas Tech's loss, evens Oklahoma up with Kansas State for second place in the conference.