No. 10 Baseball Blanks No. 12 UCLA

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 09, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Oklahoma 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 6 0
 UCLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Box Score


 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
W - Gray 7.0 5 0 0 1 8
L - Vander Tuig 6.2 6 4 3 1 5
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Oberste 4 1 1 3 0 1
 UCLA - Filia 4 0 2 0 0 0
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LOS ANGELES -- The No. 10-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team put an end to a two-game losing skid by blanking No. 12-ranked UCLA, 4-0, Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The Sooners (12-3) posted their first shutout since blanking Baylor, 1-0, in 10 innings on May 12, 2012.

"We didn't play extremely well our last two outings, so that was a key this morning at breakfast, was that we needed to go out and play well," said eighth-year OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "We don't have to do too much, just execute and try to play well, and I thought that's what our guys did. We kept pressure on UCLA the whole time by putting guys in scoring position. It was hard for them to mount a comeback because they were constantly defending us."

Junior right-handed starting pitcher Jonathan Gray put together a masterful performance on the mound for OU, fanning a season-high eight over seven scoreless frames to improve to 3-1 on the season.

"I thought John was really special," said Golloway. "He's the kind of guy who has the ability to put a team on his shoulders, and that's what he did today."

Freshman southpaw Jacob Evans and junior lefty Billy Waltrip each tossed a shutout frame in relief of Gray.

"Jacob did a great job as a setup guy," said Golloway. "We knew we wanted to give the ball to Billy the last inning, and we were hoping we didn't have to go to him too early, and we didn't have to, which was good. John hit 110 (pitches), and there was no reason to push him any more than that. It helps us develop our bullpen."

Six Sooners tallied hits in the victory. Junior infielder Matt Oberste led the way, blasting a three-run home run over the right field wall in the top of the fourth inning. The round tripper was Oberste's team-leading fifth of the season. He has now hit safely in 18 consecutive games dating back to the 2012 season and has tallied seven multi-RBI games this season.

"I thought it was a good team effort from guys getting on base in front of Oberste," said Golloway.

OU broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth. Freshman outfielder Craig Aikin coaxed a one-out walk, and senior outfielder/infielder Max White followed by reaching first on a catcher's interference call to set the table for Oberste's three-run blast.

The Sooners tacked on their fourth and final run in the sixth as White sent a one-out double down the left field line and scored one out later on a base hit to left by freshman catcher Anthony Hermelyn.

Oklahoma looks to close out its weekend in Los Angeles with a second straight win Sunday as it battles No. 22-ranked Notre Dame at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. CT.



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