Sooners Sweep Jayhawks
NORMAN – Sophomore Levi Prater struck out six over 5.0 innings and junior Jason Ruffcorn earned his second save of the weekend to lead the 25th-ranked Oklahoma baseball team to a 10-5 win over Kansas Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Sooners (21-4, 3-0 Big 12) completed the Big 12 conference series sweep of the Jayhawks (13-10, 0-3 Big 12). Prater (5-1) allowed one unearned run on two hits to improve to 5-1 on the season. KU starter Eli Davis (2-3) pitched 4.1 innings in the loss.
Ruffcorn recorded five outs to earn his sixth save of the year. He entered the game with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth using one pitch to induce a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. He faced the minimum in the ninth, starting his own 1-6-3 twin killing before a flyout ended the game.
“I thought we played really well, and the process of today’s at bats were really good,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “We continued to put pressure on those guys and Levi gutted it out.”
The Sooners scored two runs in the third inning on RBI singles by shortstop Brandon Zaragoza and first baseman Tyler Hardman. In the fourth, right fielder Tanner Tredaway singled home second baseman Conor McKenna, who hit a leadoff triple. Tredaway then scored on a throwing error after taking third base on a wild pitch.
After Kansas cut the lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Rudy Karre, Oklahoma responded with three runs in the home half to make it 7-1. Designated hitter Cade Cavalli singled home third baseman Brylie Ware, catcher Brady Lindsly plated Hardman with a sacrifice fly and left fielder Diego Muniz drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Jayhawks cut it to 7-5 with four runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by Karre and a two-run double by second baseman James Consentino.
The Sooners added cushion with a run in the bottom half when Tredaway hustled home on a wild pitch to make it 8-5. In the eighth, Lindsly hit his fourth triple of the season to score Cavalli from first, and later crossed the plate on an errant throw from the catcher to the pitcher to reach the 10-5 final tally.
Muniz finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run, and Lindsly was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Hardman, Cavalli and McKenna also tallied two knocks, as the Sooners totaled 13 hits, reaching double digits for the ninth time in the last 11 games.
The Sooners play at Oklahoma State Tuesday in a non-conference Bedlam matchup in Stillwater, Okla. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.