The wind gusted out to left field throughout both games. Rutgers’ Tom Marcinczyk laced a shot down that left-field line that carried over the wall in the seventh inning that gave the Scarlet Knights (3-8) a 2-1 lead. By the time OU went to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, they were down 5-1.
Kindle Ladd and Jacob Evans couldn’t put out the fire that started in the seventh inning. Those two combined to give three runs on three hits without getting an out in the seventh inning.
Kyle Hayes finally got three outs in the eighth inning and got the win, improving to 2-0. Ralph Garza retired Rutgers in order to get his fourth save of the season.
Jon Young (0-2) gave up all six runs in the Sooners’ half of the eighth and took the loss.
Then again, perhaps OU just recaptured its opening form. In the opener, the 16 runs matched a season high and the 19 hits were one short of another. The most impressive part of the hit total was that nine of them went for extra bases, with eight of the nine in OU’s lineup collecting at least a double.
The biggest shot was Niko Buentello’s three-run homer in OU’s six-run second inning. The freshman designated hitter went 2 for 4 in the contest. Left fielder Hunter Haley and Mac James both went 3 for 5 and drove in three runs in the afternoon contest.
Robert Tasin (2-0) got the win. The right-hander came out of the bullpen to relieve Corey Copping in the fifth inning. Tasin allowed three runs on two hits, but it was enough to be the pitcher of record.
Drew Krittenbrink allowed three runs on four hits over the final 22⁄3 innings to get his first save of the season.
Kevin Baxter (0-2) took the loss. He allowed 10 runs on 12 hits over four innings.