The University of Oklahoma baseball team claimed its season-opening series with a 4-2 win over No. 17 Long Beach State at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Sunday afternoon. The Sooners improved to 2-1 on the season with the series finale victory.
Trailing 2-0, Oklahoma got a run back in the bottom of the fifth as freshman designated hitter Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas) smacked a leadoff-double into the right field corner and scored on a RBI-single through the left side by senior catcher Renae Martinez (San Pedro, Calif.). An inning later, the Sooners tied the game and took the lead as they plated three runs on three hits and a pair of walks.
“Great senior leadership today,” emphasized head coach Pete Hughes. “Our three captains; Renae with a big RBI early, Stoney [O’Brien] with a huge situational sac-fly today in a big situation and then JB comes in and gets a six-out save. That’s your senior captains and the core leadership and all the corny coach stuff going a long way. I loved the fact that we played from behind in a rubber match. There was no panic, there was composure and a veteran approach of playing behind at home.”
Sophomore center fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) started the sixth with a triple into the right-center gap and scored on a sacrifice-fly from senior first baseman Austin O’Brien (Owasso, Okla.). Back-to-back walks then set the table for Oklahoma’s one-out, two-run rally. In his first appearance as a Sooner, junior Lorin Archibald (Renton, Wash.) delivered a pinch-hit, RBI-single to put OU in front. Freshman shortstop Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.) then doubled the Sooner lead with a single to center; marking his third straight game with a RBI.