Wiles Pitches Sooners Past Texas
AUSTIN, Texas – Junior Nathan Wiles struck out eight over a season-high 8.0 innings to lead the Oklahoma baseball team to a 4-2 win over Texas in the series opener Friday evening at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Wiles (8-3) walked none and scattered eight hits, pitching into the ninth inning. Junior Jason Ruffcorn closed out the game for his 11th save of the season, using three pitches to induce a double play and a groundout. The Sooners improved to 32-20 overall and 10-12 in Big 12 play while the Longhorns fell to 26-26 overall and 6-15 in the Big 12.
“Getting an early lead in the game was really powerful for Nate so he could get out and get in a rhythm,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “He got into a rhythm early, kept them off balance and made big pitches in some key moments in that game. Our defense was outstanding. We executed (offensively) early in the year like that, scored some runs and won games like that.”
Oklahoma started quickly in the top of the first as center fielder Tanner Tredaway reached on an error and third baseman Brylie Ware drilled a double to the gap in right center field to score the first run. The Sooners added a run in the second inning when second baseman Conor McKenna singled home first baseman Tyler Hardman to make the score 2-0.
Hardman, who went 2-for-3, singled home a run as part of a two-run sixth inning that extended the lead to 4-0. Right fielder Brady Harlan, a graduate transfer from Texas, plated designated hitter Justin Mitchell with a sacrifice fly. Harlan also went 2-for-3 in the game.
Wiles faced the minimum in three innings and punched out two batters in the second, fourth and sixth frames. He threw just 29 balls in 106 pitches, and started 23 of the 32 batters he faced with a strike.
Texas scored both runs in the sixth inning on a groundout and an RBI single to cut the OU lead to 4-2. Starter Bryce Elder (2-4) allowed three earned runs over 6.0 innings in the loss.
The Sooners and Longhorns will play a doubleheader Friday due to the weather forecast for Saturday. Game times Friday are 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.