NORMAN, Okla. – Junior center fielder Bradlee Beesley produced the fifth four-hit game of his collegiate career and drove in all three Mustang runs, but Oklahoma parlayed 11 hits and five Cal Poly errors into a 9-3 victory on another chilly afternoon Saturday inside L. Dale Mitchell Stadium.
With the temperature reaching just 30 degrees, light snow flurries and a 20-miles-per-hour wind from the southeast, the Sooners scored two unearned runs in the fourth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and four unearned runs in all to clinch the season-opening three-game series.
Including Friday's 4-1 triumph, Oklahoma is 2-0 on the year while Cal Poly fell to 0-2.
Beesley (pictured above), who had a pair of four-hit games as both a freshman and sophomore, went 4-for-5 Saturday with two singles and a pair of doubles. His RBI double in the first inning gave Cal Poly a 1-0 lead and Beesley also singled to drive in two more runs in the seventh after Oklahoma had taken an 8-1 lead.
Nathan Wiles (1-0), a junior right-hander who was 7-3 a year ago, went seven innings on the mound Saturday for the victory, allowing three runs and nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Aaron Brooks and Zack Matthews each threw one scoreless inning in relief.
Bobby Ay, also a junior right-hander, gave up two hits, two walks and hit a batter as Oklahoma loaded the bases in both the first and second innings. He was relieved by sophomore righty Dylan Villalobos with nobody out in the second.
Villalobos (0-1) surrendered the two unearned runs in the fourth and was tagged with the loss. Freshmen Ryan Jameson and Bryan Woo, sophomore Matt Arens and junior Thomas Triantos also pitched in relief for Cal Poly.
In addition to Beesley's four hits, sophomore right fielder Elijah Greene and junior catcher Myles Emmerson each contributed a pair of hits to Cal Poly's 11-hit offensive attack. Freshman second baseman Willie Cano added a double.
Left fielder Jordan Vujovich and designated hitter Justin Mitchell both had two hits for Oklahoma, which also accumulated 11 hits total.
Cal Poly, which left nine runners on base Friday, stranded 13 more Saturday.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 10 a.m. PST with Cal Poly sophomore right-hander Darren Nelson to face Oklahoma sophomore southpaw Levi Prater.
Photo above of Bradlee Beesley courtesy of Kaylaa Kawasaki | Cal Poly Baseball Student Manager