Michael Rocha gave the Sooners 7.1 strong innings in which we faced 30 batters. He struck out 7 batters and allowed only 1 run during that time in helping lead the Sooners to a 5-2 victory Tuesday night.
"Michael Rocha was special tonight and our team played well," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "I think it was a big win for us. As far as what this means on a national picture ... who knows at this point? I do know this, it could be a piece to the puzzle if we go play well in Lawrence and find a way to finish (strong)."
Starting with a Garrett Buechele home run in the bottom of the first, the Sooners scored one run in each of the first three innings to build a 3-0 lead and then rode Rocha's arm to the victory.
Arkansas put a pause on Oklahoma's scoring in the fourth inning and cut the Sooner lead to 3-1 but OU was back on track again in the fifth. Having already scored more runs than they would need the Sooners plated two more runs in the fifth to go up 5-1 and despite a rally attempt by the Hogs in the ninth Ryan Duke still got the save and the Sooners got the victory.
This was a good victory for OU in an Big 12/SEC matchup. The Hogs were 38-14 overall and currently in second place in the SEC West. Tuesday's win gives Oklahoma a 2-0 mark against the SEC this season after the Sooners pounded Mississippi State 16-5 in March. The Sooners play host to Texas Southern Wednesday afternoon in the final regular season home game of the season. They'll next travel to Lawrence, KS over the weekend to play the sixth place Jayhawks. Oklahoma moved into third place in the Big 12 conference over the weekend.
2010 Big 12 Baseball Standings
|As of May 18, 11:28 PM CT