After seven innings of work from the mound alongside five strikeouts and one walk, Nathan Wiles headed to the dugout due to inclement weather. Surrendering five hits and three runs, the pitcher managed to hold the Kansas Jayhawks at bay just before the delay. Resuming play 97 minutes later, the Oklahoma Sooners claimed a 4-3 victory over the conference foe.
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On the offensive side of the equation, the Sooners did most of the damage in the bottom of the first inning. With Jordan Vujovich and Brandon Zaragoza on base with no outs, Brylie Ware stepped up to the plate. Swinging the bat, the senior drove in the first run of the night on an RBI double. However, an error allowed Zaragoza to follow suit as Oklahoma claimed a 2-0 margin.
Extending the lead by one, a sacrifice fly from Conor McKenna with the bases loaded pushed one final runner home before closing out the frame. The effort provided a crucial edge as the level of competition spiked midway through the contest.
Moving into the third inning, OU once again successfully moved a runner around the bases. Ware managed to reach base and found himself in scoring position. Staring down the competition Brady Lindsly hoped to trade places with the infielder. Crushing the pitch, Lindsly forced the defense to retreat toward the warning track. Unfortunately the ball failed to clear the fence as Kansas caught the fly ball. Yet, the hit reached deep enough into the field that Ware crossed the plate pushed the lead out to 4-0.
Challenging the home team, the Jayhawks delivered three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Cutting into the deficit significantly, it appeared as though KU finally figured out Wiles. Yet the right-handed pitcher remained calm, bouncing back with a 1-2-3 frame the next inning.
Playing complimentary baseball will continually be the focus of this program. For now, Oklahoma has secured the first series win over a conference opponent of the year. Improving to 20-4, the group holds the No. 25 ranking. The two teams collide once more on Sunday.