NORMAN, Okla. -- Russell Raley and Ryan Rohlinger each collected two RBI and P.J. Sandoval recorded his first save of the year as OU improved to 16-9 with a 7-5 win over visiting Dallas Baptist on Tuesday.
OU is now riding a three-game winning streak as it is set to travel to Waco, Texas to take on No. 15/17 Baylor over the weekend.
The Sooners’s offense wasted no time in marking up the scoresheet, as it put up two runs in the first, second and fourth inning on six hits and relied on three different OU hurlers that held DBU to five runs. OU would add another run in the sixth and posted 12 hits to the Patriots 11 in the game.
Raley finished the day with a 2-for-4 showing with two RBI and one run scored. Raley extended his hitting streak to seven games following his fourth mult-hit performance in that span. The junior second baseman has collected 12 hits and five RBI in the seven games, currently the best hitting streak for OU. Raley also owns the Sooners' best hitting streak this season. He hit safely in 13 consecutive games earlier this season, a mark that is just one game shy of tying a career high for the Uvalde, Texas native.
Rohlinger got the ball rolling offensively for OU after he added a single in the first inning that brought home the Sooners’ first two runs. In the second inning, it was Raley’s turn to blast a two-run single to left field to give OU a 4-1 lead after the Patriots posted a run in the top of the second on OU starter Will Savage.
Savage made his second start in six days and lasted six innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. The right-hander’s four strikeouts and one walk was enough to improve to 3-2 on the season.
Kevin Duke allowed one run during his one inning of relief in the seventh before giving the mound over to Sandoval.
Sandoval came out of the Sooner bullpen in the eighth and pitched two solid innings of one-hit ball to record his first save of the 2005 season.
The loss dropped Dallas Baptist to 17-13 and starter Randall Taylor fell to 5-3 this season. DBU had won eight of its last 10 games before coming to L. Dale Mitchell Park on Tuesday.
Tonight's win marks the second consecutive week that OU has recorded a midweek victory, an area it struggled in a year ago. OU is a perfect 4-0 in games played in between weekends. Besides Tuesday's victory over Dallas Baptist, OU has topped then-No. 22 TCU and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (two games) in midweek contests.
OU has also won four of its last five ball games with the lone defeat in that span coming in the opener of the Texas A&M series last weekend. In that game, OU had a chance to start what would have been a series sweep of the then-No. 14 Aggies, but instead it dropped a 7-5 decision in 10 innings.
The Sooners (16-9) will now prepare for their first road trip in Big 12 play, when they battle Baylor on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Baylor won a 10-3 game over Texas Southern on Tuesday in Waco, Texas and holds a 17-10 overall record and a 4-2 mark in Big 12 play.