NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners (30-22) extended their winning streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep of Northern Colorado (19-34) on Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. OU took game one by cruising to a 16-5 win and Ryan Rohlinger hit two home runs to lead the Sooners to a victory, 4-2, in the second game.
The Sooners used a five-run outburst in the first inning and produced seven more in the seventh frame for the win, 16-5, in game one. OU tied a season high with 20 hits in the ball game.
Kevin Smith and Jackson Williams each contributed home runs in the contest. Williams was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored while Smith had a sacrifice and a three-run dinger in his two at-bats. Eric Thornton, Aaron Ivey and Ryan Rohlinger also drove in their share of runs with two RBI apiece.
The offensive explosion marked the 14th time that OU has scored 10 or more runs in a game and the 11th time that it recorded 15 or more hits this season.
Steven Guerra improved to 5-5 by recording a season-high eight strikeouts in his 14th start of the season. Guerra lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs--all earned-- on nine hits and one walk.
Game two was not as easy but the Sooners still came out on top by a 4-2 count. Ryan Rohlinger hit two homers and was a foot away from his third dinger, as the OU third baseman went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the second game. Rohlinger is the first Sooner this season to collect two round trippers in a game.
Rohlinger finished the doubleheader 4-for-9 with six RBI and four runs scored.
Tyler Gooch improved to 2-0 after throwing 2 2/3 innings in which he allowed four hits and one earned run.
In the eighth inning, Will Savage came in to work his ninth appearance in the Sooners’ last 10 games. Savage struck out three in 1 1/3 innings of work for his second save of the season. In his last eight appearances, Savage has four wins and two saves.
P.J. Sandoval started the contest for the Sooners, his first of the year, and turned in his longest outing of the season with five innings tossed. Sandoval allowed one run on seven hits and zero walks. He struck out two UNC batters before leaving the game tied at one.
OU improved to 21-5 at home this season and the four-game winning streak is the longest for OU since it won eight consecutive games from Feb. 19 to March 2.
OU will return to action this weekend to conclude the regular season with three games against Texas Tech at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Friday's game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will be followed by 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday. The series will be broadcast on ESPNU and will be offered as a free preview weekend for DirecTV subscribers.