Oklahoma Routs Texas Southern
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma baseball team swept its brief, midweek series against Texas Southern with a 10-1 win at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Wednesday night. The Sooners improved to 12-7 overall with their eighth win in the last 10 games.
“That is what you do. It is the midweek games that really set you apart in your RPI,” stated OU head coach Skip Johnson. “Because our conference is so good, I mean it was the number one conference in the nation last year and it is looking like it is going to be this year too, wo if we can win at least 90% of our weekday games then we should be well on our way.”
Oklahoma scored double digit runs for the sixth time and Sooner pitchers combined for 10 or more strikeouts for the 10th time this season. Junior right fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) led the OU offense with three RBI on a 2-for-4 night.
On the mound, junior right-hander Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) tossed a career-high six innings with 10 strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. Tyler (1-2) struck out the side in the second and the fifth and allowed just one hit; a RBI-double that chased home a leadoff-walk in the top of the first.
“I was pleased with his execution instead of his outcome,” Johnson said of Tyler. “I mean that is the thing that we have to really focus on, throw the ball to the target. That is the execution of the pitch. He cannot control the outcome. All he can control is throwing the ball to the target. We talk about that a lot and he lived it tonight, which is fantastic to see.”
The Sooners bounced back from the early deficit by immediately putting four runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Junior left fielder Cade Harris (Leona, Texas) and sophomore shortstop Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.) singled to set the table for Walker’s first RBI on a double to right-center. OU added two runs on a double to left by sophomore catcher Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas) and a RBI-single from senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.).
Zaragoza went 3-for-4 with two runs scored; leading five Sooners with multi-hit games. Harris was 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot with a walk and two runs scored.
Right-hander Peyton Schneider took the loss in a two-inning start for the Tigers (3-13). He surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Center fielder and leadoff hitter Kamren Dukes went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.
The Sooners remain at home this weekend as they host Kennesaw State for a three-game series beginning Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.