14th-Ranked Oklahoma Takes Finale, 9-2, to Win Series
May 16, 2010
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Memphis (26-26) 000 011 000 - 2 6 1 No. 14 Oklahoma (37-14) 100 610 10x - 9 10 0
No. 14 Oklahoma used a six-run fourth inning to cruise to a 9-2 victory en route to claiming the non-conference weekend series win over Memphis, Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Memphis won the series-opener on Friday night, but was ousted on Saturday and Sunday. The Tigers fall to 26-26 on the year, while Oklahoma improves to 37-14.
After using a pair of passed balls to score a run in the first, Oklahoma exploded for six runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach, 7-0. The Sooners catcher Tyler Ogle got the rally started with a solo home run and each of the next five batters to come to the plate reached base. Cody Reine coaxed a walk and Chris Ellison ripped a single up the middle to chase Memphis starter Ryan Holland. Tiger reliever Ben Paullus promptly plunked pinch-hitter Eric Ross to load the bases. Danny Black made it 4-0 with a two-run single. OU benefitted from a throwing error by the Memphis defense to take a six-run lead and Garrett Buechele's sacrifice fly made it 7-0.
Oklahoma starter Bobby Shore face the minimum through 3.2 innings and no-hit the Tigers through 4.1 frames. Trey Wiedman ended Shore's no-hit and shutout bid in the fifth with a solo shot over the leftfield wall. The home run was Wiedman's 10th of the year.
OU answered with a run if its own to reclaim the seven-run advantage, but the Tigers also responded with a run in the seventh. Drew Martinez tucked a double inside the leftfield line and came around to score on a groundball by Tyler Huelsing. Huelsing's 65th RBI is the fourth-most by a Memphis hitter in a single season.
Memphis was held to just six hits by four Sooners pitchers. Jacob Wilson led the offensive attack with two hits. Martinez, Wiedman, McClain and Derrick Thomas had one hit each. Martinez and McClain extended their hit streaks to 20 and 18 games, respectively.
Holland took the loss after surrendering four runs on five hits in just three innings. Shore was the winner for Oklahoma. He fanned five and allowed two runs on four hits in six frames.
The Tigers will return to the diamond on Thurs., May 20, when they begin a three-game C-USA series at Southern Miss. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Memphis baseball fans can listen to live coverage of the game. The "Voice" of Tiger Baseball, Jeff Brightwell will call the live play-by-play action on WUMR FM91.7.