Sooners Break Out Brooms Again

NORMAN, Okla. — Just a week removed from picking up their first conference sweep, the Sooners picked up their third non-conference sweep and fourth overall, defeating the Alabama State Hornets 3-0 Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park to break out the brooms in the three-game set.

This one, as did the first, featured a dominant pitching performance.

In his Sooner debut, pitcher Drew Krittenbrink only posted 7 2/3 innings of scoreless work, striking out one and walking just three, largely letting his defense work behind him.

"Drew just threw strikes and did what he had to," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "He hammered the zone. He responded. He's worked hard and he's one of the favorites on the team. We knew the team would respond and play hard behind him."

It all came after Golloway didn't list a Sunday starter heading into the weekend.

"He just said Krittenbrink is starting and that's how we're gonna play it today," Krittenbrink said. "My heart started thumping quickly. Then I calmed down and thought about what I was gonna do on the mound. I just pitched to contact. They swung at a lot of first-pitch fastballs and that's what I tried to do."

Meanwhile, the offense gave him plenty of support.

First, catcher Tanner Toal smashed a two-run single in the bottom of the second to put OU up 2-0.

An inning later, center fielder Max White blasted his first home run of the season and 19th of his career, a solo shot over the right field wall, to extend OU's advantage.

In the seventh, OU added four more, including a pair on White's shot down the left field line.

"Max is Max right now," Golloway said. "It's big for him, especially an opposite shot like that. I don't want him swinging for the fences. He's shot the ball all over the yard and has been our best hitter all year. He needs to stick with that approach."

Designated hitter Evan Mistich singled home White, and right fielder Cody Reine scored on a double steal moments later, making it 7-0.

Pitchers Kindle Ladd and Dillon Overton combined to finish off the last 1 1/3 innings perfect.

White continued his multi-hit tear and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in leading the OU offense.

Toal was 2-of-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

The Sooners, now 26-14 and victors of eight straight, next head to Stillwater for a non-conference battle at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday before returning home to face Dallas Baptist Wednesday.

"We'll be excited going to Stillwater," Golloway said. "It's like a pregame for our series coming up in two weeks. It'll be an opportunity for both teams to see what the lineups are like. The pitching is gonna be different on the weekend. We'll be ready. We're excited about going up there and then we have another big game back here on Wednesday when DBU comes to town."

They get back to conference play when they head to Lawrence, Kan., to face the Kansas Jayhawks in a three-game series over the weekend.

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