Sooners' Bats Stay Hot in Third Consecutive Win


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:22 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Apr 23, 2011 5:48 PM CDT

Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma baseball team continued its hot streak at the plate Saturday with 14 hits in a 4-1 win over Nebraska.

The Sooners had at least one base runner in every inning, and first got on the board with an RBI single by Cale Ellis in the second inning. Casey Johnson drove another run home in the third for a 2-0 lead.

The Cornhuskers cut the lead in half with an RBI double from Kash Kalkowski in the sixth inning, but OU added two insurance runs in the eighth thanks to RBIs from Caleb Bushyhead and Garrett Buechele.

Burch Smith turned in an excellent pitching performance, giving up just two hits in 7.1 innings of work. He also struck out nine batters. Ryan Duke entered in the ninth inning and struck out two on his way to his fifth save of the year and 33rd of his career.

Oklahoma knocked around Nebraska’s pitchers for the second straight day. In their back-to-back wins, the Sooners have totaled 29 hits and forced Nebraska to use a total of eight pitchers.

OU now has won three games in a row and has not given up more than two runs in any of them. The Sooners will try to finish a series sweep with the finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.