The Oklahoma Sooners opened the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Kennesaw State in front of a home crowd. Clashing on the diamond once again on Saturday, Skip Johnson will look for the series win before wrapping things up on Sunday.
Toeing the rubber, Jake Irvin provided six scoreless innings of pitching to begin the game. Holding the Owls at bay, the right-handed pitcher secured five strikeouts while refusing to give up a run. The effort pitted Irvin in a pitcher’s duel against Kennesaw State’s AJ Moore. Getting the start for the visiting team, Moore provided five scoreless innings himself including nine strikeouts.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Owls opted for a relief pitcher, Luke Torbert, allowing the door to swing wide open for Oklahoma. Facing a bases loaded situation with a single out, Torbert began to feel the pressure. As Brandon Zaragoza stepped up to the plate, the sophomore drew the walk breaking the scoreless cycle. Following suit, Steele Walker also drew a walk bringing in the second run of the night. Staring into a 2-0 deficit, the Owls opted for their third pitcher of the night to end the scoring threat.
Cutting the deficit in half, Kennesaw State pushed a run across the plate on a bases loaded wild pitch in the seventh inning. However, the Owls failed to capitalize on any other opportunities allowing the Sooners to increase the lead in the eighth by one.
As the two collide once again, Oklahoma’s Devon Perez is set to take the mound.