Cade Cavalli struck out eight batters and Jason Ruffcorn picked up his seventh save of the season as a two-run second inning lifted Oklahoma past West Virginia on Friday night.
Cavalli allowed just four hits and one run during five innings of work and the OU bullpen limited the Mountaineers to just one hit over the final four innings to give the Sooners a 1-0 lead in their three-game series at West Virginia.
Oklahoma’s biggest inning offensively came in the second where Tyler Hardman drew a lead-off walk to get things started. Two batters later Conor McKenna drove a double into right field, moving Hardman to third.
A fly out, to center field, by Justin Mitchell scored Hardman and then an RBI single from Brady Harlan scored McKenna to give the Sooners a 2-0 lead.
Pitching took complete control of the game after that, with the Mountaineers unable to push across a run until the sixth inning. That would be it for the offense on the night at Oklahoma edged out WVU by a final of 2-1.
Only four OU batters recorded a hit on the night, with McKenna going 2-for-3 from the plate.