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April 21, 2013

Sooners hoping rout will be a springboard to Big 12 success

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s players were stunned when they arrived a L. Dale Mitchell Park Saturday. They were about to play New Orleans in the middle of the three-game series. No one was really studying the Big 12 Conference standing.

They found out they were no longer leading the league — Baylor was. Saturday’s 14-5 victory over the Privateers didn’t do anything to change that. The approach OU used, however, is what it hopes carries over.

OU coach Sunny Golloway juggled the lineup prior to the series. The goal was to get more runners on base and more runs on the scoreboard.

It has worked. After Saturday’s win, the Sooners are hitting .444 in the series and have scored 34 runs.

“It’s good to get these hits and get the ball rolling. We have to,” said outfielder Max White, who went 4 for 5 and belted his third homer of the season. “We have a good chance to win the Big 12 championship, but we have to get that momentum rolling.”

Whatever momentum the Sooners (30-10) amassed in Friday night’s 10-0 victory over the Privateers carried into Game 2. OU scored runs in the first seven innings and collected 19 hits, including nine for extra bases.

Second baseman Hector Lorenzana believes OU is starting to play the way it did earlier in the season.

“Early in the season, we were coming out here without fear,” he said. “We were doing the thing we love and it was fun. We have to keep it going that way.”

New Orleans (6-35) hasn’t offered much resistance. Alex Smith (2-7) took the loss after giving up 12 hits and eight earned runs over four innings.

The only difference between Game 2 and Game 1 of the series was OU pitcher Dillon Overton did give up some runs. The left-hander improved to 8-2 with the victory, but did allow four runs on seven hits.

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