Sooners Comeback Twice to Sweep
|W - Ladd (2-1)||4.1||1||0||0||1||1|
|L - Barragan (2-4)||6.0||9||5||5||2||3|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|OU - Neuse||6||3||3||8||0||2|
|OU - James||5||2||3||2||0||0|
|OU - O'Brien||1||1||1||3||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Sheldon Neuse // Fr. // 3B
Neuse drove in a career-high eight runs, including three-run homers in the seventh and eighth innings.
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team swept CSU Bakersfield in a doubleheader at L. Dale Mitchell Park, 17-4 and 4-3, Saturday afternoon. The Sooners improved to 23-10 and the Roadrunners fell to 11-19.
Oklahoma scored 17 unanswered runs, including a 10-run seventh inning, in the opener. Trailing 4-0, the Sooners got on the board with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and the game-tying run in the sixth as junior first baseman Mac James (New Braunfels, Texas) drove in freshman designated hitter Niko Buentello (Lewisville, Texas), who led off the inning with a double to center.
The seventh inning started with a triple to deep center off the bat of sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley (Nacogdoches, Texas), who then scored the go-ahead run on a triple from freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse (Forth Worth, Texas). James added a RBI double and added another run on a bases loaded wild pitch and RBI single by senior shortstop Hector Lorenzana (San Diego, Calif.).
Leading 8-4, freshman Austin O’Brien (Owasso, Okla.) entered the game as a pinch-hitter and promptly drilled a 2-1 pitch down the left field line for a three-run home run, the first of his career. The Sooners continued to reach base with only one out and Neuse came to the plate for his second chance in the inning and lifted a three-run shot over the wall in left to push the OU lead to 14-4.
In the eighth inning, Neuse hit a tape measure shot down the left field line to record Oklahoma’s second two-home run game of the season. He finished the day 3-for-6 with eight RBI. Neuse also moved from third to the mound and pitched the top of the ninth inning. In his third appearance of the season, Neuse pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Senior right-hander Kindle Ladd (McKinney, Texas) pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and improve to 2-1 on the season. He gave up just one hit and one walk, while striking out one. Redshirt-sophomore lefty Adam Choplick (Denton, Texas) lasted just 2.2 innings in the start. He threw 40 pitches in the first inning and surrendered one unearned run and gave up three more in the third when he was lifted in favor of Ladd. Choplick struck out four and walked three, while giving up four runs on five hits.
Right-hander James Barragan (2-4) pitched six-plus innings in the loss for Bakersfield. He was tagged for five runs on nine hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts.
Haley went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two triples, while James finished 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
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|L - Davis (1-6)||7.1||12||4||3||5||4|
|S - Garza (7)||1.0||1||0||0||1||2|
|OU - Neuse||5||0||3||1||0||0|
|OU - Ake||3||2||2||0||1||0|
|CSUB - Jones||4||1||1||2||0||1|
In game two, Oklahoma got on the board first with two runs in the fourth. Haley led off with a double down the left field line and scored on a single up the middle by Lorenzana. With two outs and nobody on, junior second baseman Joshua Ake (Readington, N.J.) kept the inning going with a single center and came around to score on a base hit through the left side by sophomore catcher Anthony Hermelyn (McKinney, Texas).
Freshman right-hander Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas) was perfect through the first four innings in the start for the Sooners. He ran into trouble in the sixth when he gave up a game-tying, two-run home run to Bakersfield shortstop Mylz Jones. Elliott gave up a second home run in the seventh to designated hitter Max Carter as OU fell behind, 3-2.
The Sooners staged a comeback in the eighth inning as Ake and center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) got the rally started with back-to-back, one-out walks. After an error, Neuse tied the game with a single to right field and James delivered the go-ahead run with a sacrifice-fly.
Elliott went seven innings in a no-decision. He allowed three runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Redshirt-junior right-hander Robert Tasin (Klein, Texas) earned the win in one inning of work to improve to 3-2. Sophomore right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. (New Braunfels, Texas) locked down the save, his seventh of the season, with a clean ninth inning that included two strikeouts.
Left-hander Austin Davis (1-6) threw 149 pitches in the loss for the Roadrunners. He pitched 7.1 innings and scattered 12 hits and five walks, yielding four runs, three earned, to go with four strikeouts.
The Sooners remain at home for a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 8 against intrastate rival Oral Roberts at 6:00 pm.