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Oklahoma Baseball: Sooners defeat Cal Poly in season opener

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Oklahoma grabbed a 4-1 win on a cold February afternoon.

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It wasn’t particularly pretty, but the Oklahoma Sooners were able to grab a 4-1 win over Cal Poly in their season opener at L. Dale Mitchell Park. With below-freezing temperatures and a strong wind out of the north, OU only needed four hits to get the job done.

Sophomore Cade Cavalli, who made 11 appearances in 2018 but was primarily a first baseman as a freshman, got the opening day start and went 4.1 innings while allowing one run on six hits and two walks. Freshman Jaret Godman earned the win in relief, going 2.2 innings and allowing a hit and a walk. Fellow freshman Wyatt olds and recently-eligible Texas A&M transfer Jason Ruffcorn each pitched a shutout inning, with Ruffcorn earning the save.

Cade Cavalli after the win. #Sooners

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At the plate, senior third baseman Brylie Ware went 2-3 with an RBI while also reaching base on a hit-by-pitch, while junior shortstop Brendan Zaragoza and freshman centerfielder Milan Walla had the other singles for the Sooners.

Ware after the season-opening win. #Sooners

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Oklahoma got things going in the bottom of the third when Walla singled for the first hit of his collegiate career. After a Brendan Zaragoza walk, senior Brylie Ware singled to right to give OU a 1-0 lead.

Cal Poly tied things up on the top of the fifth on a Tate Samuelson infield single, but Ware made a great bare-handed play at third to get out of the inning without more damage on the next at-bat.

OU retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth, and they did so without recording a hit. After a Zaragoza walk and a Ware HBP, Brady Lindsly executed a solid bunt to bring both runners into scoring position. A wild pitch on McKenna’s at-bat brought Zaragoza home, and Tyler Hardman plated Ware on a sacrifice fly one AB later to make it 3-1.

After Zaragoza singled to open the bottom of the eighth, a pair of walks eventually loaded the bases with two outs. The Sooners then added another run as Zaragoza raced home on a passed ball.

OU will be back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday and will close out the series on Sunday at noon.

Skip Johnson

Posted by Crimson And Cream Machine on Friday, February 15, 2019