Freshman pitcher Nathan Wiles struck out seven batters in six innings of work and the bullpen weathered the storm of a late-inning rally for the 12th ranked Sooners to pick up their first road victory of the season.
Wiles, making his first career start, allowed three hits and walked just one while picking up his third win of the season (3-0).
Led by senior Ben Hollas, Oklahoma’s lineup posted five runs to secure the win but it was barely enough offense. Hollas (2-for-4 on the day) drove in the first run of the game in the third inning with a double past first to score junior first baseman Lorin Archibald.He then came home himself off an RBI single from Kyle Mendenhall.
The Sooners plated another run in the fourth to lead Georgia State 3-0 but the Panthers were able to get their offense rolling against Oklahoma’s bullpen. In the bottom of the seventh, Georgia State cut the OU lead to a single run, but the Sooners responded in the top of the eighth of the bat of Renae Martinez who delivered a pinch-hit a 2-RBI double to right-center field.
Not willing to surrender easily, Georgia State scored twice more in the eighth before Oklahoma reliever JB Olson quieted the storm by throwing the final 1.2 innings for his fifth save of the season.