Early Offense Leads Sooners to Win at UTA

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
18 Oklahoma
UT Arlington

ARLINGTON, Texas – The No. 18 University of Oklahoma baseball team scored 10 runs in the first three innings en route to an 11-5 win over UT Arlington at Clay Gould Ballpark on Tuesday night. The Sooners improved to 28-15 overall, while the Mavericks dropped to 20-21.

Oklahoma took advantage of four walks the first time through the order; putting up three runs in the first and two more before turning the lineup over in the second. Redshirt-sophomore center fielder Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas) plated the first run of the night on his first double of the game in the first before the Sooners added runs on a wild pitch and a sacrifice-fly.

After a leadoff-walk to start the second, freshman designated hitter Tyler Hardman (Corona, Calif.) launched his second home run of the season to the right of the batter’s eye in center. OU scored twice more in the inning on a RBI-double by junior right fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) and Murray’s second RBI-double of the game.

Junior right-handed pitcher Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) worked in and out of trouble for 4.1 innings. He fell two outs shy of earning the win after UTA rallied for three runs in the fifth, including a two-run home run by left fielder Christian Hollie. Tyler struck out four and walked two, used a double play with two on to escape the first and left two runners on in both the second and third innings.

The second Sooner reliever of the night, junior RHP Dylan Grove (Moore, Okla.) got the win. Grove (2-1) worked 2.2 innings and was lifted after a pair of two-out baserunners reached in the eighth. He struck out five, gave up two hits and issued one walk.

Murray led Oklahoma’s 13-hit night with a 3-for-4 performance. Hardman, Walker, senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) and sophomore shortstop Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.) all provided two hits. Zaragoza was 2-for-2 in his last two at-bats after producing two walks, a sacrifice-bunt and a sacrifice-fly in his first four plate appearances.

The Sooners return to action Friday, April 27 against Oklahoma State in the Bedlam series opener at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater. Games two and three of the series will be played at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field.