Sooners Sweep Air Force in Doubleheader

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners ended their five game losing streak with a bang, wiping Air Force in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

In game one, the Sooners rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to capture an 8-5 victory.

After a couple errors led to two Air Force Falcons runs in the top of the first and they added two more in the fifth, OU came alive.

Right fielder Cody Reine smashed a two-run double to the left center gap in the bottom of the fifth, plating a pair of Sooner base runners to cut the lead to 4-3.

Moments later, first baseman Hunter Lockwood successfully executed a sacrifice fly to tie things up.

The Sooners added three more in the next inning to capture a 7-4 lead, one it would not relinquish.

Left fielder Evan Mistich led off that inning with a double, designated hitter Matt Oberste reached on a walk and catcher Dylan Neal hit them home with a two-run single.

Shortstop Caleb Bushyhead plated Neal on a groundout for the third one.

OU added one more on a sacrifice by Neal scoring Oberste.

The Falcons scored their final run in the ninth inning when first baseman Seth Kline ripped a double to score catcher Garrett Custons, who led off the inning with a double and actually finished a triple short of the cycle (4-for-5 with two singles, a double and homer).

Mistich, Oberste and White each recorded three hits for the Sooners, and Neal finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Pitcher Steven Bruce, who completed 4 1/3 innings of work and allowed just one earned run on three hits and two walks, while striking out a pair, picked up his first win of the season in relief.

Game two was a different story.

The Sooners jumped out on top 4-0 in the top of the third inning.

Reine got OU on the board when he smacked an RBI double down the right field line.

Then, second baseman Jack Mayfield hammered an RBI triple to right, plating Reine and scoring as well on the play after an errant throw by the Air Force second baseman.

Lockwood followed up an extra base hit of his own, lacing a double down into the left field corner, and he scored after stealing third and advancing home on yet another error.

Air Force climbed back into it in the sixth on a two-RBI double to left off the bat of Custons, but OU poured some more on in their half of the inning.

White found the right field line for the Sooners again, legging out a triple, and Oberste smashed a homer to left center to make it 6-2.

That score would stand the rest of the way.

Oberste had a pair of RBIs in a 2-for-4 performance, and White recorded three hits in four plate appearances.

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