This was the Damien Magnifico that Oklahoma fans and coaches had hoped to see. He was precise with his pitches. He was on target with velocity and it limited Arkansas to just six of the night's thirty-two batters reaching base. On the other side of the plate Oklahoma's batters scattered eight hits throughout the game and scored four runs. It was exactly the type of team performance the Sooners were needing to show that the sweep over the weekend at the hands of Texas A&M hasn't taken the fight out of them.
Magnifico sat down the Hogs in order four times during the night and Arkansas didn't have more than four batters at the plate in one inning until the 8th inning. To say that it was a pitching performance of the ages might be a bit of a stretch but it most certainly was the best performance Magnifico has delivered in a Sooner uniform and possibly the best of his career.
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UT Arlington 3, Texas A&M 2
Oklahoma 4, Arkansas 0
Baylor 7, ULM 5
Texas 9, Texas A&M CC 2
Wichita State 6, Kansas 4
Missouri 10, Arkansas-Little Rock 5
Oklahoma took the lead in the bottom of the first when Max White hit a two-out double to score Caleb Bushyhead who had doubled himself in the previous at bat. Arkansas would only get ten batters to the plate over the next three innings and OU would take advantage of the great pitching to score another run in the fourth when Evan Mistich brought in scored Hunter Lockwood with a single up the left side.
The Sooners struck again the next inning when White knocked Bushyhead in again and the Sooners were completely in control both on the mound and from the plate with a 3-0 lead at the end of the fifth. The fourth and final run of the game came in the seventh inning when Erik Ross crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
In his first win as a Sooner hurler Damien Magnifico pitched 8.2 innings, allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out four batters. Arkansas starter Randall Fant only went two innings in which he allowed three hits and one run to score.
The Sooners are home this weekend for a three-game series against Missouri.