Saturday, March 2, 2013

Baseball: No. 10 Oklahoma Defeats Pepperdine, 10-7

Thanks to a seven-run third inning, the No. 10-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team improved to 10-0 on the season with a 10-7 win over No. 29-ranked Pepperdine Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners are off to their best start since flying out of the gates to a 16-0 mark in 2011.

A trio of freshmen at the bottom of the order made an impact offensively for the Sooners. Catcher Anthony Hermelyn, infielder Kolbey Carpenter and outfielder Hunter Haley each drove in two runs to contribute to OU's cause, with Haley hitting his first collegiate home run to lead off the scoring barrage in the third.

"It was a tough day with the elements, and we showed a lot of mental toughness," said eighth-year OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "I was extremely impressed with our freshmen in the lineup. I thought we played really well offensively and hit a lot of balls hard. Our big inning was clearly a tribute to our ability to push and drag bunt and have the courage to lay the bat down."

Freshman outfielder Craig Aikin posted two hits and scored two runs while junior infielder Hector Lorenzana continued his hot start to the season, posting two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Junior infielder Matt Oberste -- the two-time reigning Big 12 Conference Player of the Week collected an RBI single and scored two more runs, extending his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games dating back to the 2012 campaign.

As a team, the Sooners posted at least 10 runs in a game for the fifth time this season and second time in as many games and tallied at least 10 hits in a game for the seventh time this season and second time in as many games.

Junior southpaw starting pitcher Dillon Overton tallied a season-high 10 strikeouts in just six innings of work. The left-hander improved to 4-0 on the season and 18-7 for his career.

"It was nice to score runs for Dillon, because there's been many, many games where he's won tight, contested, low-scoring games," said Golloway. "For us to go out offensively and give him a cushion to work with was something that was rewarding and satisfying."

Freshman lefty reliever Jacob Evans tossed two shutout frames before giving way to redshirt sophomore righty Robert Tasin, who earned his third save of the season.

"Evans did a very nice job of bridging the gap for us from our starter to our closer," said Golloway. (More at

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Pepperdine 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 7 9 1
 Oklahoma 1 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 X 10 11 1
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