After a marathon game the previous night against the UCF Knights, the Oklahoma Sooners took control of the second game in the series early in the first inning. With two runners on board, Kyler Murray stepped up to the plate. Continuing to build upon a stellar season, the center fielder took one swing of the bat. Connecting with the ball, Murray’s shot fell beyond the wall. In one fail swoop, OU gained a 3-0 lead in Orlando as the visiting team.
In the fourth inning, the crimson and cream added another run. Singling, Kyle Mendenhall eventually reached third base on a sacrifice bunt followed by a ground out. With the big freshman, Cade Cavalli stepping up to bat, a window of opportunity opened. Grounding to the short stop, UCF mishandled the ball causing a throwing error. As Cavalli reached first safely, Mendenhall crossed home pushing the lead out to 4-0.
Again, Oklahoma tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning as the lead ballooned to 7-0. But, the Knights found a bit of offense themselves in the bottom half of the frame. Plating two runs, Coach Skip Johnson opted to send in a relief pitcher. As Devon Perez received the ball, Levi Prater stepped down. Recording two outs, Prater surrendered a single that allowed two runners to streak home.
Finding themselves down to three outs, the Knights scored a final run before dropping the contest 7-3. The two will meet once more on Sunday in a rubber match to decide the series winner.