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Sooners Defeat Jayhawks 2-1 in Weekend Opener

Press Release University of Oklahoma:

The University of Oklahoma baseball team rallied for a run in the eighth and one in the ninth to steal a 2-1 win in the weekend opener at Kansas, Friday night. The Sooners improved to 19-8 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12, while the Jayhawks fell to 17-9 and 2-2.

“Great win on the road,” started head coach Pete Hughes. “We’ve got a lot of things to build on. I loved seeing our freshman coming through in two pivotal plays. O’Brien takes a crucial walk and then Neuse with the game-winning RBI.”

Sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) started the two-out rally in the eighth with a walk and moved to third on a base hit pounded through the right side by sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley (Nacogdoches, Texas). Freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) then came through with a RBI single up the middle to put OU on top, 2-1.

Kansas scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, catcher Ka’iana Eldredge got the rally started with a base hit up the middle and scored on a double to the right field corner by third baseman Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez, the Jayhawk nine-hitter, went 2-for-3 on the night.

Oklahoma rallied to tie the game in the top of the eighth. Haley, who started the game in right field, was hit by a pitch and went first-to-third on a base hit to right by Neuse, who finished the game 2-for-4. After a walk loaded the bases, freshman DH Austin O’Brien (Owasso, Okla.) battled back from a 0-2 count to draw a bases loaded walk and bring in the game-tying run.

Sophomore right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. (New Braunfels, Texas) picked up the win to lift his record to 4-0 on the season. He pitched 1.2 innings of no-hit ball, while walking a pair and striking out one. Right-hander Jordan Piche’ (3-2) took the loss as he surrendered one run on two hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts over 1.2 innings.

In the start, sophomore right-hander Corey Copping (Temple City, Calif.) pitched 4.1-shutout innings. He allowed two hits and three walks without a strikeout. For the Jayhawks, lefty Wes Benjamin was pulled due to an injury after giving up two hits and two walks in 2.2 innings, while striking out four.

Game two of the series is tomorrow at 2:00 pm.

Game Notes:

·         The Kansas lead-off hitter reached in each of the first three, but did not come around to score.

·         Oklahoma ended a 25-inning scoreless streak with a run in the top of the eighth.

·         O’Brien has four RBI in two bases loaded opportunities this season.

·         Neuse recorded his 11th multi-hit game of the season.

·         Oklahoma has won 15 of its last 16 games vs. Kansas.

·         The win was the first of the season for the Sooners when trailing after seven innings.

Oklahoma 2, Kansas 1 (Mar 28, 2014 at Lawrence, Kan.)


Oklahoma............ 000 000 011  -  2  6  2      (19-8, 3-1 Big 12)

Kansas.............. 000 000 100  -  1  5  2      (17-9, 2-2 Big 12)


Pitchers: Oklahoma - Copping, Corey; Ladd, Kindle(5); Evans, Jacob(8); Garza, Jr., Ralph(8) and

. Kansas - Benjamin, W.; Villines, S.(3); Hander, J.(5); Rappaport(7); Smith, D.(8);

Piche', J.(8) and .

Win-Garza, Jr., Ralph(4-0)  Loss-Piche', J.(3-2)  T-2:52  A-999

Weather: 51F | Cloudy | Wind 5 MPH N

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