No. 14 Sooners blast Lions

NORMAN, Okla. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff hung tight with No. 14 Oklahoma despite giving up 11 hits as Oklahoma took a 4-2 victory to open a doubleheader Tuesday.

The Sooners finished the two-game sweep with an 11-1 win. The two-game series was rescheduled as a doubleheader because of the threat of bad weather in the area.

Five UAPB players each had a hit in the first game, but the Golden Lions (2-3) struggled to hit off starter Adam Choplick (1-0). He gave up one run on one hit and struck out six in five innings to take the win.

The run he gave up came in the second inning. Mike Wieland scored on a groundout after taking third on a wild pitch to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

Oklahoma (6-0) then roughed up starter Mickey Ramirez for three runs in the third. Ramirez (0-1) gave up eight hits and three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, striking out none.

Andrew Buehler calmed the Sooners’ outbreak and held them to an earned run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings with no strikeouts.

UAPB made it 4-2 in the seventh when Cody DeMera hit a bunt single to send Wieland across the plate.

Dwayne Hysmith, Isias Alcantar, Kirby Campbell, DeMera and Wieland each had a hit for UAPB. Three Oklahoma players each had two hits.

Game 2 wasn’t as competitive for the Lions. The Sooners took a 6-1 lead after Matt Oberste launched a three-run home run and had three players each with two or more hits, led by Hector Lorenzana’s 3-for-3.

Campbell singled to left field in the top half of the inning to score Tyler Oertle and give UAPB its only run of the game. Campbell hit 2 for 3 and DeMera was 2 for 2 for the Lions, who were outhit 12-6.

Didier Landry (0-1) worked the first two innings, allowing two runs on two hits. Humberto Zavala allowed four runs on four hits, including Oberste’s shot, in 2 1/3 innings, Stanten Jones and Mike Ludwig gave up five hits in a combined 2 2/3, and Rafael Soto surrendered a hit in the final one-third.

UAPB begins a three-day, three-game series at McNeese State on Friday.