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Oklahoma Sooners Baseball: Sooners Sweep Through 19 Ways Invitational

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OU handed losses to Northern Illinois, Boston College and Villanova twice.

Cade Harris #3 3B
Cade Harris fields a ball throwing to first baseman Chris Andritsos for the out against the Wichita State Shockers (Norman, Oklahoma | L. Dale Mitchell Park)
Rich DeCray

The Sooners edged the Boston College Eagles 5-4 on Sunday to complete a sweep of the 19 Ways Invitational in Norman. Oklahoma downed Villanova on Friday and Saturday night, Northern Illinois on Saturday and Boston College on Sunday, outscoring its opponents 41-10 over the weekend.

On Sunday, the Eagles held a 4-1 lead after 6 innings, and it looked like the OU hot streak was over. But a walk from Brandon Zaragoza and singles from Kyle Mendenhall, Steele Walker and Austin O’Brien helped plate three runs in the bottom of the 8th for OU. The Sooners then walked it off when Ben Hollas hit a bases-loaded single up the middle in the 9th.

It was a dramatic way to end a weekend that, with all the OU blowouts, didn’t have much drama at all. The OU offense went ballistic on opposing arms. Mendenhall finished the weekend with 8 hits and 5 runs, including 2 homers.

Dom DeRenzo returned to the field from Tommy John surgery, playing right field on Saturday night and Sunday. He reached base 5 times in 9 PAs.

Kyler Murray got three starts on the weekend, going 3-13 with 2 walks, 2 steals and 4 RBI.

The Oklahoma starters fared well, too. Jake Irvin continues to look the part of Friday night ace after a 7 inning, 7 K performance against Villanova. Austin Hansen gave up just 2 hits in 6 13 versus NIU.

Their competition wasn’t fantastic, but the OU margin of victory certainly was. The Big 12 is officially on notice. OU moves to 8-1 on the year and returns on Tuesday at 3 p.m. versus Arkansas-Little Rock in Norman.