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March 2, 2013

Sooners on winning end of unlikely slugfest with Waves

NORMAN — With cold temperatures, a brisk wind and two highly touted pitchers taking the mound, a pitchers’ duel seemed like the likely outcome of Oklahoma’s series opener against Pepperdine on Friday.

Instead, a shivery slugfest ensued at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners (10-0) figured out how to win in that manner, too, topping the Waves, 10-7.

OU freshman left fielder Hunter Haley went 1 for 3, drove in three runs and ignited the Sooners’ seven-run third inning with the first home run of his career.

Even he admitted Friday that it did not seem the likely day a feat like that would occur.

“It was tough. It was cold because of the wind. In the outfield, balls were moving around. We tried not to let it bother us,” Haley said. “We figured it would be tougher for them because they’re not really used to it.”

Pepperdine (6-4), whose campus sits on Pacific shore in Malibu, Calif., didn’t have much problem adjusting to temperatures in the low 40s or wind chills in the low 30s. It banged out nine hits, including first baseman Sam Meyer’s three-run blast in the fourth inning.

The pitchers had the problems. Pepperdine’s Scott Frazier was the first to crack. After Haley’s homer to start the third inning, OU kept adding runs in every way imaginable. Jack Mayfield and Max White both reached on bunt singles. Designated hitter Matt Oberste lifted his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI single through the left side and catcher Anthony Hermelyn added another RBI single. The rest of the damage came on two bases-loaded walks and a pair of sacrifice flies.

“I thought our big inning was just outstanding,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “We laid down a drag and we laid down a push after a base knock. Then our guys had the courage to keep laying the bat down because he couldn’t find the zone; he kept trying to make the perfect pitch with the bases loaded. We were able to push those runs across because nobody got too greedy or tried to do too much.”

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