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University of Oklahoma
APRIL 20, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 New Orleans 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 5 7 1
 Oklahoma 1 2 1 3 2 3 2 0 X 14 19 1
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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - Overton 6.0 7 4 4 1 7
 L - Smith 4.0 12 9 8 3 0
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - White 5 2 4 2 0 1
 OU - Bickerstaff 4 2 2 1 1 1
 OU - Mayfield 5 2 2 2 0 0
 UNO - Damiens 3 2 3 2 1 1
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NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 10 Oklahoma (30-10) took advantage of strong winds sweeping down the plains to belt 10 extra-base hits in a 14-5 victory over New Orleans (6-35) Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Senior left fielder Max White went 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs and two RBIs, including a solo home run in the third, and senior shortstop Jack Mayfield (2-5, two runs, two RBIs) hit an RBI double and scored on a sacrifice bunt in the fifth to put together the all the runs the Sooners would need for their second straight victory in the non-conference weekend series.

"This was a fun day," White said, "This atmosphere, the wind blowing out -- you have to take advantage of it."

With the bases loaded in the first inning, White hit a normally routine pop-up into shallow right field, but the winds carried the ball away from the chasing defenders, allowing Matt Oberste to score from third for the first run.

"The guys are playing with confidence right now," OU head coach Sunny Golloway said. "The (Big 12) conference can kind of steal that from you at times, so maybe a bye week has come at the right time to get a little confidence back."

OU starter Dillion Overton (8-2) struck out seven in six innings and bounced back after giving up a home run in UNO's three-run fifth to retire Privateers in order in his final frame.

"I've lived in Oklahoma my entire life so it's nothing different to me," Overton said about the wind. "A couple times, I go out there, it felt like my hat was just going to blow off or it was going to blow me off the mound.

"You can't leave anything up and in, or pretty much down the middle. If it gets in the air, it can carry out at any point. So, as a pitcher, you just want to throw it down and away a lot of the time. I left a couple pitches up and they made me pay for it."

Colt Bickerstaff led off a three-run fourth inning with a solo homer lifted over the left field fence by 20-plus mile-per-hour winds that sustained throughout the ballgame. Mayfield plated Garrett Carey with a double and Craig Aikin's sacrifice bunt scored Mayfield two at-bats later.

The Sooners had three consecutive extra base hits in the fifth inning. White doubled to left field and scored as Hunter Haley targeted the right field line for a triple. Hector Lorenzana doubled and then scored two plays later on a Carey single.

"It's good coming in this week and getting these hits and racking them up," White said. "We know what to expect out of Jon Gray and Dillon Overton. To get those hits back in order, to get that home run, it will be good when we get back in the Big 12."

Oklahoma belted a season-high six doubles, two triples and two home runs as part of its most productive hitting performance in more than two years.

"We haven't been able to score many runs," Golloway said, "that's not a secret. We've changed our lineup quite a bit. The guys seem to be taking to that pretty well. I don't care who's on the mound, it's the approach that I see. Our approach has been pretty good."

Golloway shuffled his lineup Friday and the Sooners responded, notably moving clean-up hitter Oberste, who is hitting 5-for-10 with four runs scored in the series, to leadoff.

Oberste singled in his opening at-bat for the second straight game and scored on White's blooper. New Orleans then turned its first triple play in 18 years -- just the third in the program's history -- the next at-bat as Hunter Haley lined to second baseman Zach Pohto who assisted put outs by shortstop Zach Liberto and first baseman Zacary Hawkins.

Oklahoma (30-10) and New Orleans (6-34) finish the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. OU's Ethan Carnes (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will take the mound for his second start of the season against UNO's Stone Speer (1-6, 5.40 ERA).

The game will be televised on FS Southwest Plus and FCS Central.




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