NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball
team downed Arkansas Pine Bluff, 11-1, in eight innings Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park to complete a doubleheader sweep and improve its record to 6-0 to open the 2013 season.
The Sooners (6-0) posted a 4-2 win over the Golden Lions (2-3) in game one of the twinbill. Oklahoma improved its record to 12-0 all-time against Arkansas Pine Bluff.
"We are just a shell of what we can become," said eighth-year OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "This club has a chance to be very, very special. I saw unbelievable energy the entire second game."
OU matched its season high for runs scored (11) and hits (12), led by junior second baseman Hector Lorenzana, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Oberste went 2-for-4 and crushed a three-run homer over the left field wall in the fifth inning - his team-leading second round tripper. The reigning Big 12 Conference Player of the Week is hitting at a .455 clip with a team-high five extra base hits and has posted four multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games.
"I was just trying to get a sac fly in, and I told myself that I was going to see something up, and he left it up, and I just put a good swing on it," said Oberste. "I just go up there and try to sit back and get a good pitch."
Junior left-handed pitcher and preseason All-American Dillon Overton tossed one inning of relief to earn the pitching victory, improving to 2-0 on the season and 16-7 for his career. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Drew Krittenbrink started for the Sooners and pitched four scoreless frames with four strikeouts.
The Sooners grabbed the early edge with two runs in the second. Senior infielder Garrett Carey was hit by a pitch and later scored on a fielder's choice that put freshman outfielder Justin Burba on base. Lorenzana, who reached by way of a single through the right side, scored OU's second run when he swiped home on a double steal.
Oklahoma added a third run in the fourth when Carey sent a one-out single through the left side, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double to left center by Lorenzana.
Arkansas Pine Bluff got a run on the board in the top of the fifth, but the Sooners answered with three more scores in the home half. Senior infielder Jack Mayfield reached when he was hit by a pitch, and senior outfielder/infielder Max White gave OU runners at the corners when he singled to center. The co-captains set the table for Oberste's blast, extending Oklahoma's advantage to five runs.
OU added two more in the seventh. Oberste sent a one-out double to center and moved up to third on a base hit to center by freshman infielder/outfielder Hunter Haley. Oberste scored and Haley went to third on a dropped fly ball by Arkansas Pine Bluff junior outfielder Kirby Campbell. Haley then tagged up and scored when junior catcher Dylan Neal served up a sacrifice fly to center.
The Sooners tallied their final three insurance runs in the eighth. Mayfield smacked a leadoff single through the left side, and redshirt sophomore pinch hitter Taylor Alspaugh and sophomore pinch hitter Mac James followed by drawing back-to-back walks to load the bases. Mayfield tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Haley, and junior pinch hitter Jake Smith ended the game when he doubled home Alspaugh and James to make it 11-1.
Oklahoma visits Corpus Christi, Texas, this weekend to take part in the 2013 Kleburg Bank College Classic at Whataburger Field. The Sooners will square off against Iowa on Friday at 2 p.m. CT before taking on the host Islanders on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners conclude the weekend with a 9:30 a.m. CT matchup with New Mexico.
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