Oklahoma wrapped up its four-game weekend series on Sunday with a resounding 11-2 win over the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, finishing the sweep and running its impressive win streak to 12 games.
The win moves OU to 13-1 on the young season.
CCSU jumped out to its first lead of the series on Sunday when Franklin Jennings tripled off starter Ryan Madden and came home on a fielder’s choice in the top of the first. The Blue Devils tacked on one more in the third, but the OU offense woke up in the bottom half of that frame and plated three runs behind Quin Walbergh’s leadoff double. OU never looked back.
The win followed Oklahoma victories of 3-0 on Friday, 13-2 on Saturday afternoon and 6-1 in the nightcap. That CCSU managed just 5 runs speaks to the dominant Sooners pitching staff, which was called on to pitch four games for the second weekend in a row.
Sophomore righty Jake Irvin continued his hot start Friday night with a 6-inning, 2-hit masterpiece that added 14(!) strikeouts to his season total. Kyle Tyler continued the trend by striking out four Devils in 4 innings Saturday, followed by Austin Hansen’s 6 strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Grad transfer Vincenzo Aiello faced the minimum nine batters in his 3 relief innings over the weekend.
The Sooner bats were on fire all weekend, too. Steele Walker, Ben Hollas and Walbergh all homered on Sunday (Walker’s was inside-the-park), following another Walker home run on Saturday afternoon. Kyler Murray made three starts and picked up one hit, one RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts and 2 runs.
An inside-the-park HR out to right-center by @steele_walker3 gives OU its first lead of the day.— Oklahoma Baseball (@OU_Baseball) March 5, 2017
Walker posted a red-hot 9 hits and 6 RBI in the four games.
The Sooners are now approaching the end of their long season-opening homestand. Wichita State will be the next opponent in Norman, coming to town on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m first pitch.
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