NORMAN, Okla. — Seven pitchers combined to pitch a six-hit shutout as Oklahoma defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11-0 Wednesday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Stadium.
It is the sixth straight loss for UAPB as they fall to 0-6 to start the year. OU improves to 4-1 on the season.
Oklahoma sophomore Corey Copping was credited with the victory as he allowed four hits in four innings with two strikeouts and no walk.
Six other pitchers combined for five innings of work, allowing just two hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
UAPB senior Jim Ploeger is tagged with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits in just four innings of work. He also struck out three and walked one.
For the second straight game, Oklahoma jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as freshman Sheldon Neuse hit a home run down the left field line to give the Sooners a 3-0 lead.
Neuse finished the game with two hits in three trips with three RBIs, a run scored and two walks.
With a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Oklahoma tacked on five more runs to extend their lead to 11-0.
Taylor Alspaugh and Mac James were both 2 for 3 with two runs scored for Oklahoma. James also tallied three RBIs in the contest.
For UAPB, junior Nathan Ross pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
UAPB catcher Mike Wieland was 2 for 4 at the plate. He was the only Lion with multiple hits.
The Lions close out the road trip with a three-day tournament in Alabama. They will face SEC opponent Auburn Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.