And in the nightcap, it was not just the Sooners’ aggressiveness at the plate that paved the way to a blowout victory, but it was also their assertiveness on the base paths.
The Sooners stole six bases, a season-high, and that really put a lot of pressure on the Lobos, especially in the third inning when Sooner second baseman Cale Ellis, center fielder Erik Ross and right fielder Ricky Eisenberg each reached and swiped second base.
That pressure helped to shake up the New Mexico defense, as Ellis scored on a throwing error, and Ross scored on a wild pitch.
At the time, it made it 6-2.
OU added another in the bottom of the fifth when, again, New Mexico was shaky on defense and the Sooners were aggressive on the base paths.
Shortstop Caleb Bushyhead struck out, but a wild pitch allowed him to get to first.
He then stole second and scored after designated hitter Jack Mayfield singled him home.
The Lobos added one in the top half of the seventh, as OU pulled a page out of New Mexico’s playbook and threw a wild pitch that allowed leadoff hitter and second baseman Kyle Stiner to score.
But it was simply too little too late because the Sooner bullpen would not give it up.
The Sooners got on the board first in the bottom of the first after first baseman Cameron Seitzer brought home catcher Tyler Ogle, who earlier walked.
Then, left fielder Max White walked, and he moved up to second while Seitzer advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Third baseman Garrett Buechele made the Lobos pay.
He ripped a two run double into the left field corner, and it was 3-0.
New Mexico battled back with two in the top of the second, when third baseman Quay Grant, center fielder Logan Lippert and catcher Scott Hauck consecutively singled, and Stiner hit a sacrifice fly.
Hauck and Stiner recorded the RBI’s, as Grant and Lippert each scored.
OU scored the game’s sixth run after White doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Bushyhead’s single.
Sooner starting pitcher Jordan John picked up the win, giving up just two earned runs in seven innings and striking out eight while walking two.
Eisenberg and Ellis each managed multi-hit outings
The Sooners won by an identical score in the first game as they similarly 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.
Ross reached on a leadoff walk, and right fielder Chris Ellison singled to move him over to second.
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, Buechele and 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 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.
White, who had a perfect 4-for-4 game Friday evening, led off the bottom of the second with a single, and 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.
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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