For the first time this season the Oklahoma Sooners have recorded a weekend series sweep of an opponent. OU has posted winning records in three of the four weekends played in the first month of the college baseball season but were unable to come up with a three-game sweep until now.
Winning the first two games of their series against Belmont in dramatic fashion, 4-3 in 10 innings on Friday and 6-5 in 11 innings on Saturday, Oklahoma lit up the scoreboard at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Sunday afternoon.The Sooners scored 10 runs off 12 hits in Sunday's game and were never threatened by the Bruins.
All of OU's scoring came in three innings where the Sooners plated three runs in the third, four in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Freshman Austin O'Brien went 4-for-5 from the plate, with 3 RBI, as the DH for Oklahoma while Anthony Hermelyn went 2-for-3 with 4 RBI. Sheldon Neuse and Dylan Neal also recorded a multi-hit game with two each.
After recording just one hit through the first two innings, Neal led off the third with a single to center field and then was able to advance to second on a botched pickoff attempt. He wouldn't end up scoring in the inning (thrown out at home) but he did start off a series of events that saw four of Oklahoma's five batters reach base, resulting in a three-run inning for the Sooners.
OU topped their third inning antics by posting four runs in the fifth due in large part to a 3-RBI double by O'Brien that scored Hector Lorenzana, Sheldon Neuse, and Mac James.
After scoring their only run of the game in the top of the sixth, Oklahoma responded with adding three more of their own in the bottom half, Hermelyn brought in two of those runs on a single up the middle.
Sitting on a 10-1 lead going into the seventh, the Sooners turned to their bullpen to get them through. Jacob Evans pitched a scoreless seventh with Robert Tasin and pitching a perfect eighth and Alec Hansen a scoreless ninth. Starter Jake Elliott picked up his second win of the season by going six full innings, striking out five batters and allowing just the single run on six hits.
The Sooners are riding a 4-game winning streak going into Tuesday's non-conference match up against TCU. They will also have a non-conference game against Oklahoma State on April 1st.