Oklahoma took aim, shot down TCU in Game One.
OU-TCU, Game One In Pictures
At The Ballpark
In a rather chilly morning baseball game at Lupton Stadium, the Big 12-leading Oklahoma Sooners maintained a Heisman-like stiff-arm lead on the rest of the conference with a 6-3 win over TCU.
The Sooners got a pair of two-run ding-dongs from a fence-busting Steele Walker and five OU pitchers combined to hold the potentially-offensive Frogs to just seven hits, only one of which came vs. the Big Red bullpen.
Walker’s first yard call came in the opening frame with Cade Harris on base and gave the Sooners a quick 2-0 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish the entire game. The Frogs did not go quietly, pulling within 4-2 after four innings and within 4-3 after six innings. But then ole Mr. Walker strode to the dish and planted another two-run shot over the right field wall in the seventh inning, making another cushion for the Sooners at 6-3.
Bullpenners Parker Levi, Austin Hansen, Braidyn Fink and Connor Berry shut down the last 3.1 innings with one-hit, scoreless work. Starter Devon Perez picked up the W to improve to 4-0 and TCU’s Sean Wymer took the loss (1-2) after giving up 10 hits and six runs in his 7.0 innings of work.
Game two is starting soon. I have to catch a flight and won’t be able to see more than a few innings of the second game. Sorry, my bad.
Here are some more images from Game One.
TCU came charging out of the gate ready for today’s double-header.
… but Oklahoma got the early drop as they howled with delight after Steele Walker’s first home run.
On a cold day, Steele Walker warms the hearts of his teammates and fans with a home run jog.
Kyler Murray, back from Saturday’s football scrimmage in Norman (he flew back to Ft. Worth), ended up with a pair of hits on the day.
The coaches have also been encouraged by the improvement the erstwhile Sooner quarterback in the fall has made in patrolling centerfield in the spring.
Long and lanky, Ashbury, Virginia native Devon Perez was steady, not spectacular in picking up his fourth win against no losses this year.
… although don’t count lumberjacking Luken Baker as a Perez fan after this strike call.
Josh Watson did manage to touch up Perez for a solo home run to help the Frogs stay within striking distance.
In today’s most important race, the Hot Dog edged the French Fries and Mustard for glory.
Meanwhile, Steele Walker unloaded his second bomb of the day in the seventh inning (note the ball in the trees of the upper right in the frame), accounting for the final tallies of the day in a 6-3 win.
There is no smoking in Lupton Stadium, but this OU fan likes to keep an unlit stogie in his grasp during the game.
OU’s defense played a perfect first game, including this double-play turn in the ninth inning by shortstopBrandon Zaragoza.
White men CAN jump. Steele Walker and Cade Harris catch some air in a post-game celebration.