The Oklahoma Sooners improved to 4-1 on the young 2017 baseball season thanks to a 10-2 victory over Grambling State on Wednesday afternoon. Two-sport athlete Kyler Murray scored the first run of the game when he crossed home plate on an RBI single from Steele Walker in the bottom of the first. Murray had drawn a walk to get on base and then moved to to third on a Brylie Ware single to center field. Ware would eventually would come home on a Jack Flansburg sacrifice to to right field for OU’s second run of the inning.
The Tigers tied the game 2-2 in the top of the second off a 2-run blast from Rafael Ramirez over the right field fence. That would provide the only scoring of the day for Grambling State as the Sooners would pour in eight more runs over the fourth and fifth innings to complete their two-game sweep of the Tigers.
Sophomore Ryan Madden picked up the win for Oklahoma after tossing the first 4.2 innings of the game. He was responsible for both Grambling runs but also fanned five Tiger batters in the outing.
A total of eight Oklahoma batters tallied up eleven hits on the day with Ware and Quin Walbergh each driving in 2 RBI. As for Oklahoma’s future quarterback hopeful, Kyler Murray notched his first hit of the season with a single in the bottom of the third. Batting at the top of the order for the Sooners, he also ended up drawing two more walks in the game, included a bases-loaded pass in the bottom of the fifth that scored Flansburg. It wasn’t the traditional way of recording his first RBI as a Sooner but I’m sure he’ll take it nonetheless.
The Sooners are hosting The 19 Ways Invitational over the weekend with Boston College, Northern Illinois, and Villanova all participating.