Oklahoma was chased to Las Vegas because of the incoming winter weather this past weekend for a four-game series against BYU. The Cougars aren’t going to surprise too many people, especially in the Mountain West Conference, so the Sooners’ taking three of four games is as much necessary as it was assumed.
Oklahoma (8-5) won a pair of one-run games – sandwiching by a one-run loss – before cruising to an easy 7-1 victory in the finale in Las Vegas.
Each game proved something for Oklahoma, which has now won six of its past seven games.
The Sooners rallied from a five-run deficit to win the first game, 7-6, and trailed in each of the first three games – winning two of them.
The final game was ignited with a two-run blast by its best player. Sophomore shortstop Sheldon Neuse hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning in the finale to cap a four-RBI series. Before this weekend, Neuse had been in a bit of hitting slump but broke out of his with a two-out single to tie the opening game.
The Sooners, who will return home for a single game against Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday, saw the re-emergence of its top player.
Third baseman Anthony Hermelyn homered right after Neuse in the finale to give the Sooners the perfect start to the end of the series.
The Sooners’ pitching staff picked up right where it left off by allowing more than four runs just once. Closer Jacob Evans continued to assert himself, retiring the final five straight batters in the first game for the save.
Robert Tasin led a bullpen that allowed just one run in 11 innings pitched.