Sooners' Hit Parade Marches Past Patriots
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma baseball team evened its season series vs. No. 25 Dallas Baptist with a 15-3 win at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Tuesday night. The Sooners totaled 18 hits to improve to 7-6 on the year, while the Patriots fell to 6-5.
Oklahoma hit up and down the lineup, getting production from all nine spots in the order. The Sooners’ first 15 hits of the night all went for singles before three doubles in a five-run eighth. With a stiff wind blowing in from left, OU peppered the ball to right field all night as 12 hits went that way.
“We keep progressing and getting better as the season is going,” acknowledged OU head coach Skip Johnson. “The biggest thing has been our ability to get the next guy to the plate; having competitive at-bats. [Fifteen singles] tells us we’re taking the pitcher’s pitch away.”
Junior left fielder Cade Harris (Leona, Texas) led the Sooners with a 3-for-4 night out of the leadoff spot. Senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) added a 3-for-4 performance from the bottom third of the order. He drove in three runs on a bases-clearing double in the eighth to collect his 11th hit in the last four games.
Sophomore right-hander Nathan Wiles (Overland Park, Kan.) lasted five innings in the start. Wiles (1-0) scattered seven hits and allowed three runs. He struck out a season-high six without walking a batter.
For the fourth game in a row, Oklahoma scored in the first inning. The first four Sooner batters of the night all singled, though Harris was thrown out at second leading off the inning. Redshirt-sophomore center fielder Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas) drove in the first run of the night.
Oklahoma added a run in the second before Dallas Baptist tied the game, 2-2, in the third. The Sooners regained the lead in the fourth with a two-run single from freshman first baseman Cade Cavalli (Bixby, Okla.). The Patriots got a run back in the fifth, but OU put the game out of reach with five runs in the sixth and five more in the eighth.
Lefty Kody Funderburk (0-1) took the loss for DBU; giving up five runs on 10 hits to go with three strikeouts. Center fielder Jameson Hannah led the Patriots’ offense with a 3-for-4, two-run game.
The Sooners are home for four this weekend against Texas A&M Corpus Christi beginning Friday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m.