NORMAN, Okla. -- Before the weekend, Oklahoma (31-10) head coach Sunny Golloway shuffled his lineup to cure his team's hitting woes. He may have also answered for who would finish the year as the Sooners' Sunday starter.
Junior southpaw Ethan Carnes rebounded from a three-run first inning to pitch a season-long seven-inning complete game in Oklahoma's 14-3 run-rule victory over New Orleans (6-36).
"I thought he pitched really well and I had a feeling he would settle in," Golloway said, "and certainly he did. I think the way he pitched, the way he mixed it ... he didn't have it early in the game."
Carnes (2-1) made just his second start of the season and rebounded from an early deficit to pick up the win. After the four-hit, three-run first, Carnes allowed just two hits and struck out five of his final 20 batters faced.
"There was a seeing-eye ground ball through the 4 hole; there was a flare over the infield and then there was a miscue on the throw to second base that we should have caught. We didn't blame any of that on Ethan. He needed to be able to put somebody away and it was that firm slider that finally got that thing going and recorded some strikeouts.
"The way he stayed in there and the way he pitched, there's a good argument that he needs to pitch on Sundays."
After head coach Sunny Golloway shook up the batting order for Friday's opener, the Sooners responded with 14 hits Sunday to total 46 in 102 at-bats (.451) for the series sweep.
Former clean-up hitter Matt Oberste was 3-for-4 at the plate as leadoff Sunday, knocking two RBIs and scoring three runs to lead the Sooner offense.
"Obie really did a good job. Obie read a ball in the dirt and went to second base and then turned a single into a double one time. I think Obie can hit anywhere in our lineup but I like him in the leadoff spot right now because I think I sets a precedent."
Anthony Hermelyn's sacrifice fly in the first scored Oberste and Max White's grounder up the middle snuck by a diving Trevor McCarthy at second base to score Craig Aikin for OU's second run.
Senior shortstop Jack Mayfield, moved from leadoff to No. 9 in the order, smacked his second homer of the weekend in his first at-bat in the second inning, sending the Sooners ahead for good.
"He's getting his foot up in the air and he is starting to swing hard. Before he was just sliding and swinging easy, but now we've got him swinging really hard. That's the old Jack Mayfield that I remember."
Oberste and Colt Bickerstaff homered as the Sooners batted through the order in the fourth, scoring seven runs on six hits. Oberste, Hermelyn and White scored again in the fifth and Carnes shut out the Privateers for the seven-inning run rule.
Oklahoma travels to 12th-ranked Arkansas for a Tuesday's night contest in Fayetteville.