Sooners Pick Up First Game of Doubleheader

OU pitcher Burch Smith

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners have guaranteed at least a split in this weekend's four-game series against New Mexico, as they pushed across three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back in an 8-3 game one victory of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader.

Center fielder Erik Ross reached on a leadoff walk, and right fielder Chris Ellison singled to move Ross over to second.

Catcher Tyler Ogle popped up what appeared to be a routine out, but New Mexico pitcher Jake MsCasland dropped it, allowing Ogle to get aboard and load the bases.

Then, first baseman Garrett Buechele and first baseman Cameron Seitzer each singled in runs, and designated hitter Evan Mistich grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, but also brought home Ogle on the play.

The Lobos managed one in the top of the second, boosted by another dropped pop up, this time by OU's Buechele.

New Mexico third baseman Quay Grant was the beneficiary of that, scoring after a single by right fielder Ben Woodchick and double off the bat of designated hitter John Twichell.

But OU struck back with three more in the bottom half.

Left fielder Max White, who had a perfect 4-for-4 game Friday evening, led off the bottom of the second with a single, and shortstop Caleb Bushyhead walked before Ellison brought White home on an RBI single.

Ogle followed suit with an RBI single, and Seitzer two batters later brought in Buechele, who reached on a walk.

With a five-run lead going into the bottom of the third, the Sooners weren't done yet.

Left fielder Casey Johnson walked, and White singled again, setting the table for more runs.

Bushyhead laid down a sacrifice bunt, and an error allowed Johnson to score on the play.

Ross singled to plate White and make it 8-1.

Back-to-back singles by left fielder Luke Campbell and Twichell, and a hit by pitch for Logan Lippert loaded the bases for New Mexico in the top of the fourth.

Second baseman Kyle Stiner notched a pair of RBI's on a single.

And finally, the offensive explosion halted, and for the remainder of the contest.

Teams played scoreless ball for the final five innings, capping off the first game.

Seitzer led the team with two RBI's, while he, Ellison and White each finished with multi-hit games.

Smith, who recorded the win, worked a quality start, allowing just two earned runs and striking out six while walking one in six innings.

On the other side, McCasland picked up the loss, as he was shelled for five earned runs over just 1 2/3 innings.

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