No. 28 Sooners Power Past UTPA, 16-3

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 04, 2006

EDINBURG, Texas. -- A day after recording seven runs on 14 hits in the season-opener against Texas State, the OU offense posted 16 runs off of 18 hits to power past host Texas-Pan American (2-1), 16-3, in the UTPA Classic on Saturday at Edinburg Stadium. 

The Sooners (2-0) own a 11-3 advantage in the series against the Broncs and Saturday’s game marked the largest margin of victory for OU over UTPA, topping the 12-2 victory on May 15, 2004 (Norman, Okla.).  Saturday’s offensive surge was the most runs OU had scored since it topped TCU, 20-10, in Norman on April 12, 2005.

Sooner starter Steven Guerra put together a strong performance as the senior lasted five innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits.  Guerra had a no-hitter going for 2.2 innings but surrendered a single to Osiel Flores in the third inning.  Guerra (1-0) recorded six strikeouts opposite two walks to record the win.  The OU pitching staff allowed just seven hits in the contest.

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Offensively, pinch-hitter Ryan Mottern, who came to the plate in the fourth frame, fueled the OU offense with a 2-for-3 performance and four RBI.  Mottern, who collected a triple, single and sac-fly on Saturday, is 4-for-5 in his career against UTPA with four RBI.

The Broncs’ Dane Mason (0-1) took the loss after starting the game and lasting 2.1 frames before allowing five earned runs on six hits and a walk.  Seven different UTPA batters collected a hit each in the ball game.

The Sooners’ scoring started in the second inning with RBIs coming from Jackson Williams and Aaron Ivey.  The two-run second inning was just a sign of things to come as OU would post four runs in both the third and fourth frames. 

Russell Raley led off the third with a deep home run over the left field fence.  The solo shot made it 3-0 in OU’s favor and Cory Williamson followed with a RBI single to left field, three batters before Williams collected his second RBI of the contest.

Mottern continued the offensive surge in the fourth inning with a two-run single and Joe Dunigan’s double to left-center field brought in two other runs to make the score 10-0. 

After the Broncs scored two runs in the bottom half of the fourth, OU countered with three runs in the fifth, a single run in the seventh and two more in the eighth.  UTPA posted its final run in the bottom of the eighth frame.

OU captain Chuckie Caufield, who went 2-for-4 in the opener, had another solid day at the plate with a 4-for-6 performance, which included one RBI and three runs scored, batting out of the leadoff spot.  In addition, Ryan Rohlinger collected three hits and scored four runs in the contest. 

Nate Hammons made his first appearance on the mound in a Sooner uniform as the first hurler out of the OU pen on Saturday.  The lefty threw two innings of no-hit ball and issued one walk before giving way to Matt Lovelady and Kevin Duke to close the door on UTPA.

The last time OU began a season 2-0 was in 2002 when the Sooners opened with a three-game series with Arkansas-Little Rock.  The Sooners won the first two games of the set but dropped the finale.

OU, ranked No. 28 in the NCBWA poll, will conclude play in the UTPA Classic on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Lamar (0-2) at Edinburg Stadium.  The game will be broadcast live via Yahoo with Chuck Kelly calling the play-by-play.  OU’s P.J. Sandoval (RHP) is expected to start opposite Lamar’s Steve Macfarland (RHP).




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