After making it look easy on Tuesday night, Oklahoma found themselves in a bit of a fight on Wednesday as they defeated New Mexico 8-6 to sweep the two-game series.
Freshman Ben Abram pitched six innings Tuesday night to pick up the win in the series opener. Striking out four batters and allowing just one run, off five hits, Abram improved his season record to 5-0.
Tyler Hardman drove in two runs, and scored once himself, to fuel Oklahoma’s offense in a dominating 8-1 win, setting the scene for a quick two-game sweep of the Lobos.
However, New Mexico wasn’t going to go away quietly. Trailing Oklahoma 8-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lobos made some noise with four runs and then plated two more in the eighth to make things tight.
A three-run home run by first baseman Derek Marshal sparked the New Mexico rally but Oklahoma junior pitcher Jason Ruffcorn was able to stop the bleeding by pitching the final 1.1 innings allowing just one hit, and keeping the Lobos off the board, to collect his fourth save of the season.
Conor McKenna went 2-for-4 from the plate, knocking in three RBI, to boost Oklahoma’s offense. The Sooners scored three runs in the first to jump out early on New Mexico and then added five more runs over the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings to seemingly take control of the game before the Lobos rallied.
The Sooners open Big 12 play this weekend against Kansas at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Game times are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.