NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 23 Oklahoma baseball team extended its winning streak to a season-high six games on Saturday with a 12-0 victory over Centenary at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The win improves the Sooners’ record to 15-4 while the Gents fell to 7-10.
For the second consecutive day, the OU offense gave its starter plenty of run support as the Sooners connected for 12 runs off 18 hits, tying a season high for hits set against UTPA on Feb. 4. The Sooners scored 17 runs off 16 hits in the series opener on Friday, as Daniel McCutchen improved to 4-2.
“It was nice to see our offense go out today and really hit the ball well,” said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. “The hitters have really been clicking as of late and it was great to get that kind of run support again for Steven (Guerra) as he pitched another solid outing for the win.”
On Saturday, the Gents became the third team this season to be shut out by OU (Western Illinois and UC Riverside) after collecting eight hits in the contest. Steven Guerra pitched six solid innings and improved to 6-0 after limiting the Gents to six hits and one walk. Guerra, who leads the Big 12 in wins, struck out three batters en route to his sixth consecutive outing of five or more innings.
With Guerra in command, the Sooner offense, which entered Saturday’s game averaging 10.8 runs per game when the hurler makes a start, took charge early with runs scored in each of the first four innings. OU posted one run in the first off a solo home run by Chuckie Caufield and crossed the plate four more times in the second inning. Brandon Moss was responsible for two of those runs as the freshman drove his first career home run off the scoreboard in left field.
Centenary’s Matt Clark dropped to 0-3 this season with 2 1/3 innings tossed. Clark surrendered seven runs (five earned) off seven hits and one walk. The Sooners then plated five runs off the Gents’ bullpen consisting of Kris Calhoun and Cam Feightner.
The Sooners scored two runs in the third, fourth, and sixth frames and added a single run in their last at-bat in the eighth.
OU had 10 different batters collect a hit in the contest and was led by Freddy Rodriguez’s 3-for-5 performance at the plate which also included two RBI. The three base hits marked a season high for Sooners’ shortstop. Additionally, Caufield (RBI), Moss (2 RBI), Kody Kaiser (RBI), Aaron Reza (RBI), Kevin Smith and Aaron Ivey each had two base hits in the ball game.
In the seventh inning, Joseph Hughes came out of the Sooners’ pen to take over the pitching duties for Guerra. Hughes pitched two scoreless innings with two hits before giving way to Will Savage, who finished off the game with a hitless ninth frame.
Tim Ryan and Alex Maldonado each had two hits against OU to lead the Gents’ offense.
OU will look for its third three-game series sweep of 2006 on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on KOKC (1520 AM) and it will see P.J. Sandoval (3-1) get the start for the Sooners.