Sooners Match Best Start in Program History

Many people have been talking for months about how special this OU baseball team could be, and the No. 2 team in the land hasn't disappointed one bit to this point. The Sooners defeated the San Diego Toreros 7-1 Friday afternoon to improve to 12-0 to start the year.

The 12-game winning streak to start the season ties the best start of any team in program history. The last team to do so was the 1998 club.

Although the win marked something special, head coach Sunny Golloway used the usual blueprint to obtain it.

He got solid pitching from senior righty Bobby Shore, who earned his second victory of the season, and his batters pounded San Diego pitching for 11 hits.

Shore saw what Rocha did Thursday night and almost accepted the challenge to go the distance without a runner to cross home plate.

Shore was one out away from throwing the first back-to-back complete-game shutout for the Sooners since 2009. He allowed one run on eight hits and struck out four batters in the complete-game effort.

The only jam Shore really had the entire day was when the Toreros loaded the bases on three straight singles to start the fourth inning, but the California native didn't allow another batter to reach base or runner to advance by getting two pop outs and a strikeout to end the threat.

Other than that, Shore kept San Diego off balanced all day and had multiple innings where he had to throw just a handful of pitches to retire the side.

The Sooners scored all of the runs they needed in the third inning by plating four.

After a leadoff walk by senior shortstop Cale Ellis, junior catcher Tyler Ogle ripped a double to right field to bring in the game's first run.

Junior designated hitter Evan Mistich brought in Ogle two batters later on a single to left-center to put runners on the corners.

Mistich led the team in hits Friday by going 4-for-5.

Then Golloway got aggressive on the base paths.

He called a successful double-steal to allow a third run to score, and a throwing error after a single by sophomore Jack Mayfield plated the inning's fourth run.

The bats were silenced until the eighth inning. That's when the Sooners scored three more runs on two hits and two errors in the inning to provide a lot of breathing room for Shore to throw the final two innings with ease.

OU will be going for its 13th straight victory to start 2011 tomorrow against No. 14 California at 3 p.m. CT. Junior Burch Smith is scheduled to make the start on the mound.

He recorded his first career victory as a Sooner a week ago against the Oakland Golden Bears.

This time he'll go for his second against another Golden Bears squad.

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