College baseball: OU manages just two hits but still routs Hartford, 8-3
Oklahoma State wins fifth consecutive game. Cowboys whip Bowling Green State behind newcomers Wes Jones and Victor Romero.
Oklahoma completed a three-game college baseball sweep Sunday afternoon over Hartford in a most unusual way.
The No. 15-ranked Sooners routed the Hawks 8-3 at Mitchell Park in Norman — yet managed just two hits.
OU freshman Hunter Lockwood hit his fourth homer of the season, a sixth-inning shot that helped spark a four-run rally. Evan Mistich added a single that did not contribute to OU's scoring.
The biggest thing that helped the Sooners was Hartford's shaky pitching and defense.
The Hawks (0-3) used three pitchers Sunday, and they combined for 12 walks. Reliever Brian Hunter threw two wild pitches and hit a batter. Another relief man, Ryan Lukach, plunked another Sooner. Hartford starter Sean Newcombe had a one-hitter through 5 2/3 innings, but he walked seven. Newcombe gave up five runs, but only one was earned thanks to Hartford fielders committing three errors.
And in another unusual twist, Hartford led Sunday's game 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Hawks finished the game with 11 hits, including three by Brady Sheetz. OU starter Steven Okert won his first game of the season, getting nine strikeouts in eight innings. Okert surrendered three runs, nine hits and two walks, but he benefitted from flawless defense and aggressive teammates on the base paths. With Hartford pitchers and fielders struggling, the Sooners stole five bases, including three by Erik Ross.
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