Baseball Opens Week With Shutout Win
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma baseball team defeated Texas Southern 12-0 at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Tuesday night. The Sooners improved to 11-7 overall, while the Tigers dropped to 3-12.
The Oklahoma offense got going in the second; putting up four runs on three hits and an error. Redshirt-sophomore center fielder Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas) reached on the error to lead off and promptly stole his second baes of the year. After a walk and a sacrifice-bunt put two runners in scoring position, senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) beat the right fielder with a triple to the wall as the first OU runs crossed the plate.
Freshman designated hitter Cade Cavalli (Bixby, Okla.) then brought Mendenhall in with a RBI-groundout. Freshman first baseman Tyler Hardman (Corona, Calif.) and junior left fielder Cade Harris (Leona, Texas) followed with back-to-back doubles to make it a 4-0 game.
“I think we need to stick to our approach,” opened OU head coach Skip Johnson. “We saw it take off against DBU a little bit and the weekend before that we really worked hard on our approach and we stuck with it today. We got away from it on Sunday a little bit and we stuck with it again today. We will see if we can wake up and be consistent with our same approach tomorrow.”
The Sooners put up a second consecutive crooked number with three runs in the third. Junior right fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) led off the inning with his second home run of the season on a line drive to right. The first four batters of the inning reached as Murray and sophomore catcher Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas) followed with base hits and junior third baseman Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) added a RBI-double.
Redshirt-junior right-hander Lane Ramsey (Oklahoma City) earned his first career win in a four-inning start. He kept the Tigers scoreless and held them to just one hit and two walks as he struck out four. Freshman RHP Aaron Brooks (Blanchard, Okla.) was the first Sooner out of the pen. He tossed three-shutout innings with four strikeouts; scattering two hits and a walk.
“They are cutting their teeth and they are getting out there,” Johnson said of his team’s young pitchers. “Trying to deal with the game one pitch at a time and establishing a presence. It is always good for those guys to get innings like that to get their confidence.”
Oklahoma and Texas Southern return to the field for a Wednesday rematch at 6:30 p.m. Junior right-hander Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) will start on the mound for the Sooners.