Sooners Stop #11 Arizona State 7 - 5


The soaring Oklahoma Sooner baseball team (15-5, 3-0 Big 12) cranked out 13 hits Sunday evening to take the three game series from No. 11 Arizona State 7-5. The Sooners won the series two games to one, and now have won seven of their last eight games.

Austin Mix, (4-1), showing the promise that he has hinted at in past seasons, threw arguably the best game of his career.  In six innings of work, Mix (6' 3" Junior out of Coppell, Texas), allowed just two runs on five hits and struck out six Sun Devils.  David Purcey, freshman left hander, continued his awesome first year heroics and picked up his fourth save of the season by striking out the side and pitching a perfect ninth inning.

Oklahoma opened with two runs in the first inning.  After leadoff  hitter Matt Arkison walked, Ed Corneio doubled to right plating  Arkison. Matt Bose continued the Sooner assault with a hard sincle that scored Corneio.  The Sun Devils scored one in the third but the Sooners answered in the fourth with a Jason Fransz RBI double to make it 3-1.

Arizona State threatened to counter in the fourth when Jeff Larish drilled a ball to the wall in left center field where Arkison made a big league play throwing a strike from the warning track to Sooner shortstop Denver Kitch who relayed the throw to catcher Ryan Richardson who tagged Larish out at the plate to squelch a golden Sun Devil opportunity.  ASU came back in the sixth for one run to make it a 3-2 game.

The Sooners answered with an exclamation mark in the eighth when Kitch walked and stole second, (his 15th steal of the year), and Arkison doubled down the left field line, scoring Kitch.  Cornejo then slammed his second double of the day to score Arkison, and then Fransz dealt the Devils another blow with his sixth home run of the young season.  In the bootom of the eighth, OU went with reliever Jarod McAuliff, however the Sun Devils weren't through and plated three runs to pull within two at 7-5. That would be all for the Sun Devils as Purcey pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the win. 

The Sooners should make the national polls this week, before traveling to College Station to take on Texas A&M (17-9, 5-4 Big 12) in a three-game series this weekend.

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