In game one on Sunday, the Oklahoma Sooners battled the Holy Cross Crusaders. The Sooners would come out on top, by the score of 11-5. In game two the Sooners took on the Valparaiso Crusaders, and came out victorious thanks to a walk off by shortstop Brandon Zaragoza.
Game 1: The Oklahoma Sooners outpitch the Holy Cross Crusaders
In the first game of the afternoon, the Sooners sent Devon Perez (Ashburn, Va.)to the mound. He would throw 4 innings, and give up 4 runs on 6 hits. The Sooners would throw 5 relief pitchers including Ryan Madden (Westminster,Colo,), Braidyn Fink (Moore, Okla.), Austin Hansen (Lenexa, Kan.), Zack Mathews (Wellston, Okla.), and Levi Prater (Ada, Okla.). Madden would throw 2 1/3 innings, and give up 0 runs on 3 hits. He would collect his first win of the season, to improve to 1-0. Fink would throw just 1/3 of an inning, and give up 0 runs on 0 hits. Hansen threw 2/3 innings of an inning, and give up 0 runs and 0 hits. Mathews threw 1 inning, and gave up 1 run on 0 hits and 2 strikeouts on the afternoon. Prater would throw 2/3 of an inning, and give up 0 runs on 0 hits.
The Oklahoma offense would attack the Crusaders pitching, and collect 11 hits throughout the game. The Sooners offense would be led by Cade Harris (Leona, Texas), as he would go 3-4 with a single, double, and a triple. He would fall just short of the cycle, just missing the home run. Domenic DeRenzo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 2-4 with a single and a home run (1). Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.) went 2-4 with a single and a double. Cade Cavalli (Bixby, Okla.) went 2-2 with a single and a double. Justin Cooke (Norman, Okla.) went 1-4 with a single. Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas) went 1-3 with a single, and he also was able to draw two walks.
After this Win by the Sooners improved to 3-4 on the season. Holy Cross, they fell to 1-5 on the season.
Game 2: Sooners Win In Walk-Off Fashion
The Sooners bats cooled off during the second game, where they managed just 6 hits. The Sooners would be led by, Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) as he would go 2-3 with 2 singles. Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas) went 2-4 with a single and a triple. Kyler Murray went 1-4 with a double. Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) went 1-2 with a single.
The Sooners got a great start from Junior Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City, Okla.), as he would throw 5 1/3 and give up 0 runs on 5 hits. He would also finish with 7 strikeouts. The Sooners again would have to use 5 relief pitchers, Levi Prater, Austin Hansen, Braidyn Fink, Connor Berry (Sugar Land, Texas) and Cade Cavalli. Prater threw 1 inning, and give up 1 run on 1 hit. Hansen would throw 2/3 of an inning, and give up 0 runs on 2 hits. Fink pitched 2/3 of an inning, and allowed 0 runs on 1 hit. Berry went 1 1/3 innings, and gave up 1 run on 2 hits. Cavalli threw 1 inning and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits. He also struck out the side, in his one inning of work.
Zaragoza was put into a big spot, bottom of the 10th tied at 2 with the bases loaded. He would later hit a line drive sac fly, that would score Cade Cavalli to put the Sooners into the win column.
ShortstopBrandon Zaragoza said “As I stepped up to the plate I was just relaxed knowing that I had belief from my teammates as well as the staff and I just had to go out erand execute the game plan given for that AB and luckily it went our way. I think this was a huge day for us knowing how we bounced back and a lot of guys stepped up. We have started off slow so far but this team is full of warriors and this is gonna be the start of something big for us “
Outfielder Steele Walker “Man we had to grind it out as a squad, really happy for Z (Brandon Zaragoza) coming through for us in the end.”