The Oklahoma Sooners claimed a fourth consecutive win on a chilly Tuesday evening in Tulsa over the ORU Golden Eagles. Improving to 21-10 on the season, Skip Johnson’s program pushed five runs across the plate to the Golden Eagles two. Sitting firmly atop the Big 12 standings, OU is looking to continue to rise in the rankings.
In the top of the third inning, sophomore Brandon Zaragoza recorded the first RBI with a single to right field. However, a miscommunication sent the ball into the dugout allowing Cade Harris to cross home as well. In one fell swoop, the Sooners produced a 2-run margin early in the contest.
Not to be out done in front of a home crowd, the Golden Eagles answered in the fourth inning with two runs of their own. Attributing the runs to Kyle Tyler, the junior recorded a career day as the program remained confident in his abilities. Tossing 6.1 innings — a career high — the right-handed pitcher struck out nine batters. Tiring in the sixth, the coaching staff opted for a relief pitcher.
Austin Hansen took over in the seventh inning after a bit of trouble. Stranding the runner at third, the Kansas native struck out the following two batters. With the crisis adverted, Oklahoma returned to the offensive side of things.
Pushing a run across the plate in the sixth inning proved to be the winning run. Yet, OU tacked on two more in the top of the ninth for a bit of insurance. Albeit unneeded, this program in coming alive at the start of conference play.
Oklahoma faces TCU this weekend in Ft. Worth.