Baseball: Sooners Comeback Twice to Sweep CSU

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 2:21 PM
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The University of Oklahoma baseball team swept CSU Bakersfield in a doubleheader at L. Dale Mitchell Park, 17-4 and 4-3, Saturday afternoon. The Sooners improved to 23-10 and the Roadrunners fell to 11-19.

Oklahoma scored 17 unanswered runs, including a 10-run seventh inning, in the opener. Trailing 4-0, the Sooners got on the board with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and the game-tying run in the sixth as junior first baseman Mac James (New Braunfels, Texas) drove in freshman designated hitter Niko Buentello (Lewisville, Texas), who led off the inning with a double to center.

The seventh inning started with a triple to deep center off the bat of sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley (Nacogdoches, Texas), who then scored the go-ahead run on a triple from freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse (Forth Worth, Texas). James added a RBI double and added another run on a bases loaded wild pitch and RBI single by senior shortstop Hector Lorenzana (San Diego, Calif.).

Leading 8-4, freshman Austin O’Brien (Owasso, Okla.) entered the game as a pinch-hitter and promptly drilled a 2-1 pitch down the left field line for a three-run home run, the first of his career. The Sooners continued to reach base with only one out and Neuse came to the plate for his second chance in the inning and lifted a three-run shot over the wall in left to push the OU lead to 14-4.

In the eighth inning, Neuse hit a tape measure shot down the left field line to record Oklahoma’s second two-home run game of the season. He finished the day 3-for-6 with eight RBI. Neuse also moved from third to the mound and pitched the top of the ninth inning. In his third appearance of the season, Neuse pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout. (More at SoonerSports)

GAME 1
Line Score
Team123456789RHE
CSUB103000000460
OU000211103X17192
Pitching
IPHRERBBSO
W - Ladd (2-1)4.110011
L - Barragan (2-4)6.095523
S - N/A------
Individual Leaders
ABRHRBIBBHR
OU - Neuse633802
OU - James523200
OU - O'Brien111301
GAME 2
Line Score
Team123456789RHE
CSUB000002100362
OU00020002X4120
Pitching
IPHRERBBSO
W - Tasin (3-2)1.010001
L - Davis (1-6)7.1124354
S - Garza (7)1.010012
Individual Leaders
ABRHRBIBBHR
OU - Neuse503100
OU - Ake322010
CSUB - Jones411201