Sooners Beat Razorbacks, 7-1

The Oklahoma Sooners pounded out seven runs on 11 hits to come away with a 7-1 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks Tuesday night in Norman, Okla.

Arkansas dropped to 8-6 overall, while the Sooners improved to 12-4 with the victory. Arkansas starter Jonathan Richmond fell to 2-2 after allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits in four innings of work. Richmond walked two and struck out three in suffering his second loss of the season.

Austin Mix improved to 3-1 after giving up one run on five hits in six innings of work. Mix struck out seven and walked four in the victory. Oklahoma wasted little time in taking the lead with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Jakubauskas doubled home Eddie Cornejo for the first Sooner run. Jakubauskas then moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Jason Fransz's single through the left side for a 2-0 Oklahoma lead.

The Razorbacks tallied a run in the top of the fourth to narrow the Sooner lead. Nick Pitts singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Brady Toops then single up the middle to plate Pitts for the Hogs' first run of the game. Scott Bridges followed Toops with single through the right side and each advanced a base on wild pitch to give the Hogs runners on second and third with two down. But Oklahoma worked out of the inning as Mix struck out Cliff Crouse to end the threat.

The Sooners put up three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Denver Kitch singled and scored on Reggie Willits' single to center. Matt Bose then hit a two-run bomb over the scoreboard in left field to give Oklahoma a four run cushion.

Oklahoma added to its lead when Tyler Johnson tripled home Charlie Frasier. Johnson then scored on Spencer Wyman's double to left to give the Sooners a 7-1 advantage.

The Sooners' bullpen held the Razorbacks at bay over the final five innings allowing just one hit past the fourth inning and retiring the side in order in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

The Razorbacks open Southeastern Conference play this weekend in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs. Game time for Friday's series opener is set for 5:30 p.m. Central Time.

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