NORMAN, Okla. – Despite being outhit 7-4 and striking out more often 9-6, Oklahoma earned a 4-1 victory over Cal Poly in a season-opening baseball game Friday afternoon inside chilly L. Dale Mitchell Stadium.
With the temperature at about 30 degrees and a 20-miles-per-hour wind out of the northwest, Oklahoma scored twice on wild pitches, once on a sacrifice fly and the other on an RBI single by Brylie Ware to improve its record in home openers since 1962 to 26-3.
Playing Oklahoma for the first time, Cal Poly scored its lone run of the game in the fifth inning, tying the contest at 1-1, on a run-scoring single deep in the hole at shortstop by Tate Samuelson (pictured at left below).
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs had several other scoring opportunities, but left two runners on base in the second, fourth and fifth innings, nine for the game, due to their inability to get the key hit.
Freshman second baseman Willie Cano and sophomore designated hitter Blake Wagenseller both collected two of Cal Poly's seven hits. Sophomore third baseman Nick DiCarlo doubled for the only extra-base hit of the game.
Oklahoma snapped a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth inning without benefit of a hit, parlaying two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly into a 3-1 lead, and the Sooners added an insurance run in the eighth on another wild pitch.
Ware, a second-team All-Big 12 selection last year and a preseason All-Big-12 pick earlier this month, singled twice for half of Oklahoma's offensive production.
Senior right-hander Jarred Zill (0-1) (pictured above), who missed most of the last two seasons due to injury, pitched well Friday, allowing three hits over 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Taylor Dollard, Andrew Alvarez and Michael Clark pitched in relief for the Mustangs.
The win went to Jaret Godman (1-0), the second of four Oklahoma pitchers used by second-year head coach Skip Johnson, as he allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Jason Ruffcorn earned his first save, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
Second game of the series will be played Saturday at noon Pacific with Cal Poly junior right-hander Bobby Ay to face Oklahoma's Nathan Wiles, also a junior righty.
Sunday's series finale will start at 10 a.m. Pacific.