The Oklahoma Sooners (20-10) swept the Baylor Bears (13-12) in a three-game series over the weekend at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.
Oklahoma center fielder Kyler Murray started OU’s offense with a RBI single in the first inning. Then, catcher Brady Lindsly gave OU a 2-0 lead with a RBI double in the third before shortstop Brandon Zaragoza hit a RBI single in the fourth. OU right fielder Cade Harris hit a RBI single in the sixth to finish OU’s game-one scoring. OU won 4-2.
OU starter Jake Irvin earned his fifth win with eight innings of two-run ball, which included seven strikeouts and two walks. Then, lefty Levi Prater hit the only batter he faced before right-handed pitcher Austin Hansen picked up two strikeouts during a two-out hold. Finally, lefty Braidyn Fink struck out the lone batter he faced to earn the save.
OU’s first run of the game OU scored when designated hitter Tyler Hardman reached on a fielder’s choice in the third inning. The third-inning rally finished its threat with a Zaragoza two-run double. In the next inning, first baseman Cade Cavalli hit a RBI single, which was part of a three-hit game. Lindsly ended the game with a walk-off double in the 10th inning. OU won 5-4.
Senior Devon Perez went 4 1/3 innings, allowed three runs, two earned, walked one and struck out four in his start in game two. Prater relieved Perez with three innings of one-run ball, which included two strikeouts and two walks. Finally, junior Connor Berry earned his first win with three strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings pitched.
Lindsly started the scoring for OU in the series finale with a RBI double in the first. In the next inning, Hardman drove in a run with his own RBI double. Two innings later, Cavalli and right fielder Steele Walker each hit a two-run home run, which capped OU’s scoring for the weekend series. OU won 6-1.
Right-handed starter Nathan Wiles earned his second win with five innings. Wiles’ five innings included three strikeouts and an unearned run to score. Finally, junior Dylan Grove closed out the sweep with a four-inning save, his first, which included a walk, three strikeouts and one hit allowed.
OU’s next game will be against Oral Roberts University in Tulsa at 6:30 p.m.
This game can be heard on 107.9 Tulsa at 6:30 p.m.