NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooner baseball team (4-1) notched its second consecutive victory with a 14-0 decision over Western Illinois (2-2) on Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
On a day that saw the high temperature reach just below 40 degrees, the Sooner offense remained hot after a 13-4 win yesterday, building a double-digit lead after a nine-run sixth inning. As a result, the game ended in a run rule after seven innings.
The OU pitching staff limited the Leathernecks to zero runs and four hits and Chuckie Caufield led the Sooner offense for the second straight game with three RBI. Caufield, who leads the 2006 Sooners with eight RBI after today’s win, has seven RBI in two games against WIU this season.
After a scoreless first inning, OU put the game’s first runs on the board with a Brandon Moss RBI single and a fielder’s choice by Caufield that brought home Ryan Mottern. OU would post three more runs in the next frame and go scoreless until the offense exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Steven Guerra (2-0) threw six solid innings, allowing four hits and recording three strikeouts to give OU a five-game winning streak and a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Leathernecks. John Brownell came out of the Sooner bullpen to pitch a perfect seventh inning and nail down the victory with two strikeouts.
“Today’s performance was really an enjoyable thing to watch because we are only going to get better,” said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. “The guys really executed well and made the coaching staff look good.”
Bobby Mahon (1-1) took the loss for WIU after throwing three innings in which he allowed five runs on seven hits.
The sixth-inning outburst of nine runs, a season-high, off of seven hits gave the Sooners’ an added cushion as the offense recorded double digit runs for the third time this season. Additionally, the offense has recorded 10 or more hits in each of its five games this season.
In the sixth, the OU offense collected five extra base hits, marking the third time this season the Sooners have had five or more extra base hits in a game. Caufield, Jarod Freeman and Kevin Smith each connected on doubles that brought in a combined four runs, while Aaron Reza and Kody Kaiser brought in two runs and one run, respectively, off triples. Joe Dunigan, another pinch hitter in the frame, was responsible for the remaining run in the sixth, brought in off a single through the right side of the infield.
Caufield, hitting .478 this season, finished the day with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with one run scored and three RBI. Kaiser led all Sooners with three hits and nine other Sooners each collected a hit in the game.
“Being in the leadoff spot I know a lot of guys are feeding off me,” said Caufield. “So I am just trying to get a hit each time I step up to the plate, be aggressive and set the tone.”
The Sooners resume action on Sunday against Western Illinois with the third and final game of the three-game set at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The series finale is slated for a 1 p.m. start and OU’s P.J. Sandoval (0-1) is expected to throw opposite WIU’s Aaron Madill (0-0).