Sooners claim series opener over Texas Tech

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners resumed play Saturday and quickly put away Texas Tech in the ninth inning to capture an 8-0 series opening victory at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

The Sooners resumed play Saturday and quickly put away Texas Tech in the ninth inning to capture an 8-0 series opening victory at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

A strong outing by starter Jake Fisher, standing into the rotation due to a mixup because of a injury to normal Saturday starter Dillon Overton, and a continued offensive outburst picking up right where it left off last weekend allowed the Sooners to build the big lead Friday evening before the game was suspended.

Fisher tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts to no walks and just seven hits to earn his first victory of the year.

Meanwhile, OU roughed up Tech starter Jonny Drozd (3-5) for five earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in four innings.

That all started in the bottom of the first when left fielder Max White ripped an RBI double to left center and right fielder Colt Bickerstaff subsequently brought him home on a RBI groundout.

Shortstop Jack Mayfield, who has excelled out of the nine hole since head coach Sunny Golloway shook up the lineup and moved him out of the leadoff spot, later blasted a three-run homer in the fourth.

It was 5-0 at that point.

OU added another in the fifth on second baseman Hector Lorenzana's RBI single and two more in the sixth when Bickerstaff and center fielder Craig Aikin each recorded run-scoring hits.

Not long after, though, the weather set in and play was suspended due to lightning with OU needing just three outs to claim the series opening victory.

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