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Second Consecutive Strong Start From The Mound Lifts Sooners To Back-to-Back Wins

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Oklahoma may have found another piece of the puzzle in Arizona on Saturday and it allowed them to accomplish something they haven't done since the opening weekend...win back-to-back games.

Rich DeCray SB Nation

Fresh off Jake Elliott's strong performance against Washington on Friday afternoon, Alec Hansen delivered a masterpiece of his own on Saturday. Oklahoma's 6-7/235 sophomore mowed down twelve of the twenty batters that he faced in five innings of works and limited Oregon State to just two runs during that time. During those five innings Oklahoma's offense produced six runs and allowed Hansen to even his season record to 1-1.

Craig Aikin and Anthony Hermelyn each scored twice with Hermelyn also going 2-for-3 from the plate. Kolby Carpenter knocked in two RBI, which was a team-high, but six other Sooner batters also knocked in a run on the afternoon.

The Sooners held a 6-2 lead at the end of the fifth but added their final three runs of the day in the next inning. The Beavers would rally to score four runs against Oklahoma's relief pitchers, during the seventh and eighth innings, but sophomore Sheldon Neuse came in with two away in the eighth and kept Oregon State to just a singe hit over the last 1.1 innings.

OU skipper Pete Hughes was ejected from the game in the seventh inning when the umpire crew deemed that he had made two trips to the mound to visit relief pitcher Jacob Evans. Hughes adamantly argued the decision and was tossed while Evans had to step off the mound without having thrown a pitch.

Oklahoma is now 5-4 on the season and won back-to-back games for the first time since beating Notre Dame and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on the 13th and 14th of this month. They will play against Utah at 1:00 on Sunday afternoon in their final game of the Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge.

Notables

* Oklahoma used their eighth different line up in nine games.

* Hansen's 12 strikeouts were the most by a Sooner since Jonathan Gray struck out 11 against Coastal Carolina at the 2013 NCAA Blacksburg Regional.

* Seventeen combined strikeouts by the Sooner pitching staff is the most since 18 against Texas Tech in April of 2011.

* The Sooners have not committed an error in their four games played in Arizona this week.

* OU batters hit four triples in the game against Oregon State

* Oklahoma has a 6-3 record all-time against the Beavers.