Jonathan Gray was Jonathan Gray, Matt Oberste officially set the OU program record 28-game hitting streak and the Sooners cruised to a 12-1 series opener victory over the Kansas Jayhawks en route to earning their first ever 4-0 Big 12 start Thursday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The junior flamethrower struck out 12 batters and even carried a perfect game into the seventh inning, eventually allowing just one earned run on two hits in yet another complete game win.
As for Oberste, he propelled the Sooner offense early with a mammoth three-run blast in the bottom of the first that broke former Sooner Marty Neff’s 27-game hitting streak.
OU added another in the fifth when center fielder Craig Aikin hammered a triple into the right center gap, plating shortstop Jack Mayfield.
The Jayhawks plated their lone run in the seventh on a run-scoring double play in which the Sooners were very content to trade the out for a run.
OU lashed back with four more in each of the seventh and eighth innings.
In the seventh, left fielder Hunter Haley, right fielder Max White and first baseman Kolbey Carpenter each notched RBI singles, and Aikin brought home another on a sacrifice fly.
The eighth featured an RBI triple from Mayfield, an RBI single off the bat of Aikin and a two-run single from Carpenter, who matched Oberste to lead the team with three RBI in the contest.
Five different Sooners finished with multiple hits.
Right fielder Dakota Smith and shortstop Kevin Kuntz were the only Jayhawks to manage that feat off Gray, who picked up his fifth win of the year to just one loss.
Kansas’ Frank Duncan, who got smacked for seven earned on eight hits and a walk, despite striking out eight, suffered the loss.
The victory is the 12th consecutive for the Sooners (24-4), who are really in a zone right now.
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