Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The baseball team extended its home winning streak to 13 after Tuesday night’s 12-6 win over Central Arkansas.
The Sooners showed patience at the plate when Bears’ pitcher Reece Cross allowed four walks in the first inning.
After three consecutive walks, the Sooners got off to a hot start.
Freshman third baseman Garrett Buechele took advantage of a bases-loaded opportunity by hitting a grand slam, the first home run of his career.
“I honestly didn’t think it was going to get out,” Buechele said. “I saw it go over and I was pretty excited because a bunch of guys on the team have been giving me trouble about not getting [a home run] yet so it felt pretty good to get that one out of the way.”
Then, senior second baseman Matt Harughty gave the Sooners another homer and gave them a 5-1 lead after one inning.
In the second inning, shortstop Bobby Pritchett hit the ball out of the park to record the first Bears’ homer of the night.
A double by junior first baseman Aaron Baker brought sophomore left fielder Casey Johnson home. Baker was thrown out trying to extend the hit to a triple.
By the third inning, the Sooners had pulled away from the Bears and had an eight-run lead, 11-3.
Starting pitcher Garrett Richards was relieved by C.J. Blue after five successful innings, excluding a wild pitch early in the first.
In the seventh inning, pitcher Stephen Porlier struck out two batters in his first appearance on the mound since 2007. Surgery on Porlier’s throwing shoulder kept him out in the 2008 season. Porlier said the return from his injury was both mentally and physically challenging, but when he was on the mound, he didn’t think about either
The Sooners will host Nebraska this weekend in a three-game series to continue the Big 12 schedule. The first game will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
“I think we have a really good club right now and we’re playing well. We have good arms and our hitters are amazing so far this year so if we keep rolling I think we’ll have a good chance in winning the league.”