NORMAN, OK – Fresh off a big weekend down in Houston, OU Baseball was hoping to keep things rolling back on home soil as they hosted #21/#25 Dallas Baptist on Tuesday night, followed by Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday.
Coming off the emotional high of the wins over Arkansas and LSU, and of course Acker’s no-hitter, a little bit of a let down was possible from the Sooners – but it certainly did not happen.
Here is a recap of the two games followed by some reaction:
Tuesday – Oklahoma def. Dallas Baptist 10-3
Tuesday night saw the Sooners host a familiar foe in the Dallas Baptist Patriots who came in on a strong start to their season sitting at 8-3 and inside the Top 25 in both D1 Baseball and Baseball America’s rankings.
Tanner Tredaway, shockingly, got the party started quickly after he got himself to score on a wild pitch in the first and then added an RBI triple in the second to quickly make it 2-0 Sooners.
Peyton Graham would tack on an RBI double in the second as well to give OU an early 3-Run advantage on the Patriots.
Brady Lindsly would get an RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth to make it 4-0 Sooners and that would be the score through five innings as Wyatt Olds was sensational on the mound.
Olds went five shutout innings allowing just two hits and picking up seven strikeouts, continuing to be a very valuable weapon for Skip Johnson both as a starter and out of the bullpen.
Zack Matthews would relieve Olds in the sixth and be immediately hit with some trouble, as DBU’s Ryan Wrobleski tagged a 3-Run Home Run to quickly cut the deficit to just 4-3.
But, in the seventh, after a successful squeeze bunt from Conor McKenna got OU a run across, Diego Muniz launched a 3-Run homer of his own to get the Sooners out to a sizable 8-3 lead.
Add a 2-run double from McKenna in the eight, and the Sooners got themselves an impressive 10-3 win on Tuesday night.
Wednesday – Oklahoma def. Arkansas Pine-Bluff 13-2
The Arkansas Pine-Bluff Golden Lions didn’t pose quite the same challenge as Dallas Baptist did as UAPB came into play Wednesday night sitting at just 4-8 on the season.
That didn’t stop the Sooner bats from coming in ready to roll, though, as they hammered the Golden Lions’ pitching from the start.
A Tyler Hardman RBI single, Justin Mitchell sacrifice fly, and a Kendall Pettis RBI triple made it 3-0 Sooners after one.
After a Tanner Tredaway RBI double in the second make it 4-0 OU, they would tack on five more runs in the third on RBI hits from Brandon Zaragoza, Tredaway, and Brady Lindsly – plus a bases loaded walk drawn by Justin Mitchell.
Vincenzo Bologna would get in on the fun in the fourth with an RBI double and Brady Lindsly would pick up another RBI hit as well to make it 11-0 Oklahoma through just four innings.
Jake Bennett would call it a day there, and he was spectacular in his fairly short outing. The Freshman went 12 up, 12 down with NINE strikeouts. Absolutely dominant.
The Golden Lions would scratch a couple runs across late and Jordan Vujovich would get a 2-RBI single to bring the final score to 13-2 Sooners.
Thoughts and Reaction
Coming off the weekend the team had down in Houston, it would have been very easy to have an emotional letdown and to at least play sloppy in these two games. Instead, the Sooners throttled their opponents and have to be playing with so much confidence right now.
Dallas Baptist is a legitimately good team, in the top 25 for a reason as they will very likely be a tournament team at season’s end – and OU just brought it to them from the jump.
The Patriots have given OU some issues the last couple years, with the teams having even split their last four meetings. So for OU to just roll on Tuesday night was surprising to me and honestly very impressive.
Then on Wednesday they smoked an Arkansas Pine-Bluff team that obviously isn’t the cream of the crop in college baseball, but still for the Sooners to just come in so locked in from the jump really says something.
When you are playing a team you are heavily favored against, it is huge to get the early lead to cut down on any belief they might have pulling the upset. Well, with eleven runs in the first four innings last night, Oklahoma certainly accomplished that goal.
Oklahoma now at 11-3 will look to keep the momentum rolling into a weekend home series with a good San Diego State team that opens up Friday night at 6:30 at L Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.