Sooners right ship with weekend sweep

NORMAN, Okla. — They say in baseball everything can change in a couple of days, and for the Sooners that's happened twice this week.

They say in baseball everything can change in a couple of days, and for the Sooners that's happened twice this week.

OU hit rock bottom Tuesday, suffering a sweep at the hands of the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans.

But the Sooners can feel a lot better about themselves now after sweeping the New Orleans Privateers with their 14-3 Sunday afternoon victory at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

It capped off a weekend of domination that featured 38 runs on 46 hits, six of those homers, and a pair of wins by 10 or more runs en route to getting back on track.

It also marked the first three-game winning streak for OU since it rattled off 13 in a row and had that snapped about a month ago.

As for this day, three Sooners homered—Matt Oberste, Jack Mayfield and Colt Bickerstaff did the deed—as part of a 14-run, 14-hit barrage that led to a run rule victory in seven innings.

The Privateers actually leapt out to an early 3-0 lead courtesy of an error, wild pitch and four hits off Sooner starter Ethan Carnes.

But he settled down with six scoreless innings to finish the game and OU rattled off 14 straight runs.

Catcher Anthony Hermelyn's sacrifice fly got OU on the board, and left fielder Max White added another with his RBI single in the bottom of the first.

The Sooners took their first lead in the second when Mayfield slammed a two-run bomb.

But that was all just a prelude to OU's massive crooked number in the fourth.

Two-run and three-run shots by Oberste and Bickerstaff, respectively, highlighted a seven-spot that opened up an 11-3 advantage.

Hermelyn and second baseman Hector Lorenzana also recorded RBI in the frame.

OU completed scoring in the fifth with an RBI single by Hermelyn, RBI double from right fielder Hunter Haley and sacrifice fly by Lorenzana.

The Sooners (31-10, 8-4 Big 12), idle from conference play for the weekend, still have a half game lead over both Baylor and Kansas atop the conference standings.

They'll get back to action in the Big 12 as hosts to Texas Tech next week.

But before that, they'll try to keep the momentum going with a huge non-conference midweek game at No. 10 Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday.

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