The Oklahoma Sooners started the series with a bang against Columbia after Brylie Ware’s first home run of the season secured an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Continuing the offensive success, the hosts plated another four runs in the third inning as the margin grew to a comfortable level. However, the story of the year remains the pitching staff.
Taking over as the head coach, Skip Johnson’s past resume was built on the ability to turn good pitchers into great ones. After appearing on the mound in eleven games a freshman, the coaching staff opted to throw Cade Cavalli. Striking out five batters over six scoreless innings of work, the sophomore allowed just two hits. The effort produced a second win for the improving right-handed pitcher.
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Continuing the trend through a majority of the game, the burst of offense kept the opponent at bay as the Sooners claimed a 12-3 win.
Repeating the performance in the second game of the day, Ware got things going after two run double bringing the RBI total to four in a matter of moments. As runners crossed the plate on four separate occasions in the first inning, Oklahoma once again took control of the contest.
Behind the outpouring of success at the plate, Tyler Hardman connected on a second home run in as many at bats in the third inning. Following suit, Brady Lindsly sent one over the wall as OU secured a commanding 7-0 lead. Closing out the game with a run here and a run there, the Sooners are one win away from claiming a series win over Columbia.
The two collide on the diamond once again for two games on Saturday before winter weather strikes.