The Skip Johnson era of Oklahoma Baseball started off with a bang on Friday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as three Sooners went yard, sealing an opening day victory over a ranked opponent for the second year in a row.
In his first every collegiate at bat, freshman Cade Cavalli took Hoosiers righty Jonathan Stiever deep in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 2-2. Oklahoma struck for three more runs in the bottom of the third, off the bats of Kyle Mendenhall and Steele Walker, and they never looked back from that point on.
Cade Harris drew a leadoff-walk to start the third and then Mendenhall brought him home with a shot over left field. Walker, the very next batter, went yard to left as well, insinuating that the Sooners are once again going to have dangerous bats.
Listened on the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, Walker ended the day going 3-for-4 from the plate with 2 RBI and a run scored. In all, the Sooners outhit the Hoosiers by a margin of 9-7, while outscoring them 6-3.
Junior Jake Irvin went five innings for his first win of the year. The righty from Bloomington, Minnesota struck out seven but was also responsible for all three of Indiana’s runs. At one point in the game Irvin sat down seven batters in a row, including five strikeouts.