The Sooners (29-10) snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory and washed away some of the stain from Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Of course, it wasn’t the typical Friday night game either. New Orleans (6-34) was clearly overmatched against OU pitcher Jonathan Gray. The right-hander only threw six innings, but held the Privateers to two hits and struck out 10. Gray improved to 7-1 with the victory.
But Gray actually had some run support for the first time in a while. His last two outings were both 2-1 games with OU winning at Texas and losing last Friday at Baylor.
Whether or not the win truly broke OU out of its hitting slump remains to be seen. However, it went 4 for 10 with runners in a scoring position and only left six stranded on base in the game.
It went 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position against Arkansas-Little Rock.
“Today we just focused on doing little things right,” Mayfield said. “We got some sacrifice bunts down and got a couple big innings. Putting up those crooked numbers are huge. It took some pressure off.”
Max White went 2 for 4 with and RBI and Hector Lorenzana went 2 for 3 and drove in a run.
Blake Prest (1-6) took the loss. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits over six innings. The series resumes at 2 p.m. today.
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