Sooners cruise to series victory against New Orleans
The No. 11 Oklahoma baseball team pounded New Orleans for at least one run in each of the first seven innings to earn the 14-5 victory Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Junior pitcher Dillon Overton had a solid start despite allowing four earned runs in six innings, and the bullpen threw three innings of one-run ball to close out the game. The only run the bullpen allowed scored on a wild pitch.
The Sooners improved to 30-10 overall and have an remain 8-4 in Big 12 play.
Key Stat: 19 — OU's 19 hits were a season-high. All of the Sooners' starters had at least one hit, with all but one starter collecting at least two hits. Also, all but two starters drove in a run, with five starters having two-RBI days. Not a bad afternoon at the plate for a lineup that is in day-two of coach Sunny Golloway's shaken-up order.
Key Player: Senior left fielder Max White — The senior captain was swinging the bat well Saturday by going 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and two RBIs. The homer was White's third of the year as he improved his batting average to .325, which continues to be second-best average among the team's regular starters. He was a triple short of the cycle.
What it means: This is just another win for the Sooners, giving them 30 victories for the year with 16 games to go before the start of the Big 12 Tournament. Also, it keeps the potential for a sweep alive, which is something the Sooners need after a rough start to the week. The only downside is this win did not come in conference play, which has opened the door for Baylor to take possession of first place in the Big 12. At the time of publication, the Bears — who entered Saturday with an 8-4 conference record and hold the tie-breaker against OU — were tied with TCU.
What’s next for the Sooners: OU will be going for the series sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Junior pitcher Ethan Carnes (1-1. 4.08 ERA) will be making his second start of the year. In his only other start, he allowed two runs on four hits in two innings in a loss against UT Arlington.