OU’s three-game losing streak is over as it lashed out a week’s worth of frustrations in a 10-0 Friday night victory over the New Orleans Privateers.
First baseman Matt Oberste finished a homer short of the cycle, including an RBI triple and right fielder Max White drove in another on a pair of hits in four tries and OU lashed out a 13-hit barrage in the triumph.
Meanwhile, starter Jonathan Gray fanned 10 out of the 20 batters he faced as he distanced six scoreless innings with just a pair of hits.
"I just tried to really battle against myself tonight," Gray said. "You know, focus on my mechanics more, not trying to fall off the mound as much. But, I mean, make every pitch count."
OU got on the board in the bottom of the third when center fielder Craig Aikin singled home Oberste, who previously reached on a double.
White then brought home Aikin on his RBI double.
Shortstop Jack Mayfield recorded one of his game-high four RBI in the fourth with a sacrifice fly and Oberste completed a squeeze play to double up the score.
An inning later, the Sooners added yet another two-spot when designated hitter Justin Burba notched his sacrifice fly and third baseman Garrett Carey hit a run-scoring single.
Oberste scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to up the count to 7-0.
Mayfield delivered the game’s big blast, capping off five consecutive innings of scoring, when he smashed a three-run bomb to left.
"I'm seeing it good," Mayfield said. "And before the game, Coach G was just kinda telling me, you know, 'Just let it fly.' He kinda feels I'm a little timid right now, so I was just letting it fly today and swinging it hard. And I was seeing the ball good, so, I mean, I got pretty fortunate on that ball."
It’s a welcome return back to winning ways for OU (29-10, 8-4 Big 12) after it had suffered a rubber match loss to Baylor and Tuesday doubleheader sweep by Arkansas-Little Rock.
"Baseball is fun," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "It's fun when you win. It's fun when you play well, and of course Jon Gray does that."
The Sooners will get back to action in game two of the three-game set at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.
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