Four players posted multi-hit efforts to propel No. 17 Oklahoma to a 7-2 win over Northwestern State Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park, giving the Sooners the weekend series victory over the Demons.
OU pounded out 11 hits, marking the 11th time in 2013 the Sooners have tallied at least 10 hits in a game. Junior Hector Lorenzana went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the offensive charge. Junior Matt Oberste went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games dating back to the 2012 season and giving him the third-longest such streak in OU history. Senior Garrett Carey blasted his third home run of the season while freshman Kolbey Carpenter also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Junior southpaw Dillon Overton went 7.1 innings and fanned five to earn the pitching victory, improving to 5-1 on the season. Freshman Ralph Garza, Jr., got the final two outs of the eighth inning, and Jacob Evans tossed a scoreless ninth, striking out two.
The Sooners broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a four-run frame. Freshman Hunter Haley was hit by a pitch to lead things off. Senior Max White coaxed a walk two outs later. Oberste then delivered the game's first run with a single to left, plating Haley. Carpenter drove in White with a base hit to center to make it 2-0. Lorenzana plated Carpenter and Oberste with a single back up the middle to give OU a four-run lead.
OU tacked on three more insurance runs in the sixth. Carey belted a two-out homer over the left field wall to extend Oklahoma's advantage to 5-0. Haley followed with a base hit to right, then scored by way of a double to center by senior Jack Mayfield. Freshman Craig Aikin plated the seventh run of the game for the Sooners with a single to center, driving in Mayfield.
Northwestern State plated two runs in the top of the eighth to make it a five-run contest, but that's as close as the Demons got.
Oklahoma shoots for the series sweep over Northwestern State Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT. The contest will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus and FOX College Sports.
Oklahoma State continued its winning ways Saturday as the No. 24 Cowboys swept a doubleheader against Iona at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Pokes picked up a 16-0 run-rule victory in the opener before claiming a 6-1 triumph in the nightcap.
With the wins, OSU improved to 16-3 and has won each of its five weekend series this season.
The Cowboys cruised to a win in Saturday's opener, scoring seven runs over the first three innings and then putting the game away in the fourth with a nine-run rally in which they sent 14 hitters to the plate and collected six hits
Tanner Krietemeier and Zach Fish did the majority of the damage at the plate in the first contest, a game in which the Cowboys racked up 16 hits, as each went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Victor Romero added three RBIs in the blowout.
With plenty of offense behind him, junior Mark Robinette picked up his first-career win. The righty worked six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five.
A win in Saturday's nightcap would not come as easily for the Pokes.
In the top of the first, Iona plated its first run of the series on an RBI single by Matt Kriss to give the Gaels a 1-0 lead against OSU starter Randy McCurry.
That lead would hold until the sixth as Iona starter Steve Basile blanked the Cowboys through the first five innings.
But Fish led off the sixth with a single, a hit that knocked Basile from the game, and Romero followed with another single to put runners on the corners with no outs.
Up next, McCurry delivered a sacrifice fly that tied the score at 1-1, and after a passed ball, Robbie Rea gave OSU the lead with an RBI groundout. Donnie Walton then made it 3-1 with an RBI double, one of his three hits in the contest.
Armed with a lead, junior Vince Wheeland continued his dominance in relief on the mound. The right-hander worked four scoreless frames in relief of McCurry and struck out five to earn his team-leading fourth win of the season.
OSU added three insurance runs in the eighth, getting RBI hits from Krietemeier and Fish, to propel it to the win.
The two teams conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Nate Goro had a solid day at the plate on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as the Oral Roberts fell to No. 8 Cal State Fullerton at home, 6-2.
Goro finished the afternoon with a pair of hits a walk and drove in a run in the third inning. It is his second consecutive multiple hit game as he was three for three on Friday evening.
Getting the start for the Golden Eagles on Saturday was senior Drew Bowen (0-2), earning the loss. Fullerton got to Bowen early in the contest with two runs in the top of the first. He went four innings and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits.
The Golden Eagles used six total pitchers in the contest, including Gavin Glanz (1.2 innings), Caleb Walker (0.0), Phillip Wilson (1.1), Jeff Gunter (0.2) and Denny Clement (1.1).
The loss drops the Golden Eagles' record to 5-12, while the Titans move their record to 14-3. It is ORU's eighth consecutive loss, setting a new mark for consecutive losses in school history.
Game three of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Richy Pedroza started the game off with a bang for the Titans in the top of the first with a home run to opposite field as the ball came to a stop in the Golden Eagle bullpen. Carlos Lopez followed with a single, eventually advancing around on a stolen base, and ORU error and scoring two batters on a groundout by Michael Lorenzen.
After the Titans added a run off a Chad Wallach single that scored Lorenzen in the top of the third, the Golden Eagles got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the inning.
Austen Colt led the inning off with a single to right center. After moving to second on a groundout, and taking third on a balk, Goro singled to right to drive in Colt, cutting the Fullerton lead to 3-1.
Fullerton added runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, including a Lopez blast off the ORU scoreboard in the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Golden Eagles threatened with a rally. Tyler Boss started the inning with a single to center, which was followed by a walk to Matt Brandy. Logan Domenico stepped in and hit one back to the pitch. In an attempt to turn a double play, the throw to second was sent into the outfield, allowing Boss to cross the plate.
Ultimately, the inning and game came to an end with Brandy standing on third and Domenico standing on second.