Baseball Wins at Wichita State, 9-4
WICHITA, Kan. – Freshman Jaret Godman pitched 5.0 relief innings and the bottom half of the batting order compiled seven hits and seven RBIs to lead the Oklahoma baseball team to a 9-4 win at Wichita State Tuesday evening at Eck Stadium.
The Sooners (28-14) won their third straight game as they step back into Big 12 conference play at Kansas State this weekend. The combination of second baseman Conor McKenna, shortstop Brandon Zaragoza, right fielder Brady Harlan and center fielder Tanner Tredaway combined for seven hits, six runs scored, seven RBIs and three doubles in the game. Harlan, who reached in all four plate appearances, has now driven in three runs in consecutive games.
With his stellar relief performance, Godman improved to 3-0 on the season. He struck out five batters and allowed one run on three hits and a walk. Calvin Marley allowed two runs in 1.1 relief innings to drop to 0-1 in the loss for the Shockers (20-20).
“Godman was really good. It was a big night for him, to keep putting up goose eggs and letting us come in and score runs to keep separating the game,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “He made some really big pitches when he had to. Our first two runs were executed. It’s what we have to be able to do. We have to be able to play the game one pitch at a time and try to put pressure on the defense. That was a big step forward for us.”
OU took advantage of run-scoring opportunities, going 6-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The six hits plus three sacrifice flies resulted in all nine runs.
Oklahoma manufactured two runs in the second inning as first baseman Tyler Hardman drew a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly by McKenna. Tredaway then doubled home McKenna to give OU a 2-0 lead. Wichita State took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second on a three-run home run by first baseman Jacob Katzfey.
The Sooners tied the score 3-3 in the third inning. Third baseman Brylie Ware, playing in front of a large personal cheering section from his nearby hometown of Sedgwick, Kan., singled and scored on a base hit by McKenna.
OU took the lead again with two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Harlan and a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Jordan Vujovich. Tredaway drove his second RBI double of the game in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-3.
Godman started the third inning and stranded two runners, then after a one-out single in the fourth he retired 10 straight batters. The streak ended with a two-out solo home run in the seventh inning by designated hitter Hunter Gibson that cut the OU lead to 6-4. Godman got the next batter on a groundout to short to end the inning.
OU responded with three runs in the eighth inning to extend the lead to 9-4. Harlan doubled down the left field line with the bases loaded to score McKenna and Lindsly. Justin Mitchell then drove a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Zaragoza.
Ben Abram started and pitched 2.0 innings, and Aaron Brooks and Wyatt Olds closed out the final two frames.
The Sooners return to Big 12 play this weekend with a trip to Kansas State. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.