OU baseball: Sooners blank New Mexico State in series opener
Jono Greco, The Oklahoma Daily
The No. 23 Oklahoma baseball team defeated New Mexico State, 8-0, Tuesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Sooners (13-4) held on to a two-run lead throughout the early innings before exploding for four runs in the sixth to provide some breathing room and cruising to victory.
Key Stat: 20 — Junior designated hitter Matt Oberste has hit safely in 20 straight games dating back to the 2012 season. After a 3-for-3 night with an RBI, he is hitting .438 with five homers and 25 RBIs through 17 games.
Key Player: Freshman pitcher Ralph Garza Jr. — The freshman tossed 4 1/3 innings of two-hit, shutout ball after junior Drew Krittenbrink struggled a bit as the starter. Garza struck out five batters, but he did allow six free bases — three walks and three hit by pitches — to keep New Mexico State at bay in the middle innings. He was credited with the victory to improve to 2-0.
Honorable Mention: Senior third baseman Garrett Carey — Carey provided more than enough offense the Sooners would need Tuesday night. He struck for two doubles and drove in three runs, including a two-run double in the sixth that broke the game open.
What it means: The Sooners cannot afford too many more midweek losses, especially against teams whom OU should defeat. This victory was a step in the right direction, helping the Sooners improve to 3-1 during midweek games.
What’s next for the Sooners: OU and New Mexico State will conclude their two-game series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.