The Oklahoma Sooners completed the series sweep over the Baylor Bears in dominating fashion, 6-1, on Saturday evening in Norman. Four of the Sooners’ six runs were scored in the fourth on a pair of two-run home runs, and that was all she wrote. Oklahoma improved to 20-10 on the season and starts off 6-0 in conference play for the first time since 1984. Note: Oklahoma’s midweek contest against Oklahoma State was a non-conference game and doesn’t factor into OU’s conference record.
Sophomore righty Nathan Wiles got the start for the Sooners on Saturday, throwing 72 pitches for three strikeouts and allowing one run on five hits in 5.0 innings. Righty Dylan Grove came in to spell Wiles to start the 6th and actually closed out the final four innings of the game, throwing three strikeouts and allowing only one hit.
Cade Cavalli and Steele Walker combined for four RBI’s in the fourth by each smashing two-run homers.
In the bottom of the first, Brandon Zaragoza singled between first and second, followed by a Steele Walker walk. After Zaragoza advanced to third on a Kyler Murray fly ball, Brady Lindsly drove one down the third baseline and sent him home as the Sooners went up 1-0 after the first.
For the Bears, Shea Langeliers singled in the top of the second before eventually making it to third after a close call went against the Sooners. Followed by a Tucker Cascadden grounder that went past the feet of Wiles, Langeliers ran home to tie the game up at one apiece.
Oklahoma’s Kyle Mendenhall got things going to start the bottom of the second with a leadoff double. Tyler Hardman drove one to the wall a couple of at-bats later and sent Mendenhall home, allowing to the Sooners to retake the lead without looking back.
Mendenhall was hit by the pitch to get things going into the bottom of the fourth before Cade Cavalli then blew the game open with a two-run homer to the Sooners a 4-1 lead. The fourth-inning fireworks weren’t over, as Steele Walker matched Cavalli’s bomb with a two-run homer of his own later in the inning. That would prove to be the end of the scoring for the rest of the contest.
Next up: On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Sooners will hit the road for Tulsa to take on in-state foe Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles are 16-10 on the season, including a respectable 14-4 at home. The Sooners have struggled on the road against ORU in recent history, and a win on Tuesday would be Oklahoma’s first at J.L. Johnson Stadium since 2013.
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