Cal State Bakersfield (11-19) didn’t have that kind of faith in the relievers. Austin Davis went seven innings and took the loss. The left-hander threw 149 pitches, giving up all 12 hits and along with five strikeouts and five walks.
Of course, OU (23-10) smacked nearly every pitch it saw to start the day. It scored 17 unanswered runs, including a 10-run seventh inning, in the opener.
Trailing 4-0, the Sooners got on the board with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and the game-tying run in the sixth as James drove in Niko Buentello, who led off the inning with a double.
Neuse had a day he won’t forget anytime soon. The freshman drove in eight runs in the opener with a pair of three-run homers, an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly.
The RBI triple came in the seventh inning and gave OU its first lead. He added a three-run blast in next trip to the plate in the seventh and Austin O’Brien added the first homer of his career, also a three-run blast.
Kindle Ladd picked up the victory in relief of Adam Choplick. Ladd (2-1) pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Choplick lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving four runs on five hits with four strikeouts against three walks.
James Barragan (2-4) took the loss. He gave up five runs on nine hits over six innings. OU added 12 more against a trio of Cal State Bakersfield relievers from the seventh inning on.
“We just wanted to prove to everybody that we are good and we are the real deal,” said Hunter Haley, who went 3 for 4 in the opener. “People have be talking about slumps and stuff like that, but it’s just baseball.”
In baseball, things have a way of evening out. After a two-week offensive slump, OU broke out of its Saturday.
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