No. 19 Oklahoma Defeats ORU in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team beat Oral Roberts, 5-2, in front of 1,122 at J.L. Johnson Stadium on Tuesday night. The No. 19 Sooners improved to 21-10 with their first win over the Golden Eagles (16-11) in Tulsa since 2013.
Junior right-handed pitcher Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) tossed a career-high 6.1 innings with nine strikeouts, including four looking. Tyler (2-2) allowed two runs on our hits and two walks.
Oklahoma took advantage of a pair of walks that set the table in the top of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. Senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) ripped a one-out single through the left side to plate junior right fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) from second for the go-ahead run.
Sophomore shortstop Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.) drove in the first run of the night to give OU a lead in the third. After an opposite field-single through the left side by junior left fielder Cade Harris (Leona, Texas) put a second runner aboard, Zaragoza dropped in a single to right-center that scored junior catcher Domenic DeRenzo (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who walked. The throw in from right was sailed into the third base dug; allowing Harris to come home for a 2-0 Sooner lead.
ORU brought in the tying runs in the bottom of the fourth. Two singles and a two-out wild pitch put both runners into scoring position. Tyler sent home his second wild pitch, high and to the backstop. The first run raced home and the second came in after the ball was recovered, but rifled toward shortstop.
Tyler was pulled in the seventh after a leadoff-double by ORU designated hitter Trevor McCutchin and a sacrifice-bunt moved him to third. Junior RHP Austin Hansen (Lenexa, Kan.) came out of the Sooner pen to strand McCutchin by getting back-to-back strikeouts.
Oklahoma added some insurance in the top of the ninth by taking advantage of two free passes. Redshirt-sophomore center fielder Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas) smoked a ball to center that banged of the wall for a two-run triple.
Hansen completed his second save of the season as he pitched the final 2.2 innings of the game for OU. He was perfect against eight batters, striking out five, including the first four faced.
The Sooners are on the road this weekend at TCU. The series begins Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. from Lupton Stadium.