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Copping Leads Sooners To Shutout Victory Over Manhattan

Oklahoma's first game in Arizona turned out to be one of their better performances of the year. Taking advantage of opponent errors and knocking the ball around the park helped lead the Sooners to a comfortable 9-0 win over the Jaspers.

OU struck for four runs in the first, three more in the third, another two in the fourth and then coasted the rest of the way behind strong pitching performances. Hunter Haley, Sheldon Neuse, Niko Buentello and Anthony Hermelyn each crossed home plate twice in the game while Neuse, Mac James, and Hector Lorenzana recorded multi-hit games.

Manhattan starter Matt Simonetti was bounced after three innings after giving up seven runs off five hits and four walks. Joe Jacques came in relief for Simonetti but was quickly rung up for two runs as well to get the Sooners to their game total of nine.

Corey Copping was masterful in his six innings of work, striking out four Manhattan batters in his six innings of shutout work, and was supported by Connor Buchmann, Alec Hansen, and Hayden Jones out of the bullpen to preserve the shutout. Copping improved to 2-0 on the year and still maintains a 0.00 ERA.

Next up for the Sooners is Santa Clara in a Friday evening contest that is set for a 5:00 (CST) start.