Gray, Carey Power Red Team to Fall Sweep

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Jonathan Gray hurled four scoreless innings and fanned two, Garrett Carey went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Jack Mayfield smashed a home run to help the Red Team beat the White Team, 6-4, in the fifth and final game of the University of Oklahoma baseball program's annual Red/White Series Thursday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

"It was a really good fall series," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "We'll come back with individuals and look forward to working and tweaking little things that we think guys need to get better at. There's no doubt that we have the pieces to the puzzle."

The Red Team completed a five-game fall series sweep of the White Team. Mayfield led the way with a .471 batting average, a team-high eight hits -- including two doubles and two home runs -- to go along with six runs and four RBIs over five games. Dilon Argo hit .385 with five hits to go along with three runs scored and two RBIs. Carey batted .353 with six hits to go along with an RBI and three runs scored. Dillon Yeaman hit .333 with five hits -- including two doubles -- to go along with four runs scored and two RBIs. Craig Aikin hit .300 with six hits -- including a double -- to go along with a run scored and four RBIs. Mac James appeared in four games for the Red Team, hitting .333 with three hits -- including a double -- to go along with four runs scored and two RBIs. He tallied a single in Game 5 for the White Team.

"The Red Team had tremendous leadership and play from team captains Jack Mayfield and Jonathan Gray," said Golloway. "Carey continues to elevate his play. He fields really well, and his bat has really come around for us. He's a much better hitter this year than he was last year."

Hunter Lockwood went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the White Team's offense while Dillon Overton struck out five over four frames in his second start of the Red/White Series. Overton fanned 11 in eight innings of work in the fall series. Hunter Haley hit .500 with a series-high nine hits -- including two doubles -- to go along with three runs scored and two RBIs in five games to lead the White Team. Dylan Neal hit .556 in four games with five hits -- including a double -- to go along with two RBIs while Dusty Dishman hit .444 in four games with four hits to go along with two runs scored and an RBI.

After Gray and Overton traded zeros in the first two frames, the Red Team landed the contest's first punch in the top of the third inning. Argo got things started with a leadoff bunt single, and Dishman, who was a member of the Red Team's roster for Game 5, drove him in two outs later with a double to left.

The Red Team tacked on two more runs to its total in the ensuing inning. Yeaman sent a one-out double down the left field line, then scored on a single and an error that put Carey on. Carey moved to third on a passed ball, then scored when Neal, playing for the Red Team in Game 5, lifted a sacrifice fly to right.

After Gray departed after four innings of work, Billy Waltrip picked up where the Red Team's starting arm left off by tossing three scoreless innings and striking out three.

The sixth inning saw the Red Team extend its advantage to 5-0. Anthony Hermelyn led off with a base hit to right, and Yeaman followed by sending a single back up the middle. Carey plated Hermelyn with a single to left to make it a four-run lead for the Red Team. Neal then laid down a bunt single to load the bases, setting the stage for Yeaman to tag up and score courtesy of a sacrifice fly to center by Argo.

Mayfield made it a 6-0 ballgame in the seventh by sending a one-out solo shot over the left field wall -- his second round tripper of the Red/White Series.

The White Team mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth, plating four runs to cut its deficit to two. Haley coaxed a leadoff walk, and Hector Lorenzana followed with a single through the left side. Lockwood plated both of them by driving a triple into center. Jacob Evans drove home Lockwood with a double to center, then tagged up and scored from third one out later on a sacrifice fly to center by Taylor Alspaugh to make it 6-4, but that's as close as the White Team got.

Game # - Date, Time/Result
Game 1 - Nov. 1, Red 7, White 6
Game 2 - Nov. 3, Red 4, White 1
Game 3 - Nov. 4, Red, 6, White 2
Game 4 - Nov. 6, Red 6, White 3
Game 5 - Nov. 8, Red 6, White 4

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