College baseball: Hunter Lockwood hits two homers as Sooners hold off Hartford

Andrew Heaney strikes out 12 for Oklahoma State, which also wins its 300{+t}{+h} game under coach Frank Anderson
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 24, 2012
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Oklahoma opened the home portion of its baseball schedule Friday with a 9-6 victory over Hartford before 1,073 fans at Mitchell Park.

Freshman Hunter Lockwood had two homers and three RBIs for the No. 15-ranked Sooners, who improved to 2-2. The Los Angeles Dodgers draft pick scored twice and added a single.

The Sooners never trailed in the game, although Hartford, playing its season opener, tied it 2-2 in the top of the third inning. Lockwood gave OU the lead for good in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer.

“It's a good feeling just to come up for the team, to put us up by two,” Lockwood said. “It's a rush to be able to play our first game (at home) and put on a show for the fans.”

OU starter Dillon Overton struggled some 61/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits through 61/3 innings. He did strike out seven, but Overton walked four.

Simon Kudernatsch had four hits and scored twice for the Hawks.

The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday.

COWBOYS GIVE COACH NO. 300

Andrew Heaney pitched a solid game for Oklahoma State, which hammered Bowling Green State 7-2 Friday before a small crowd at Reynolds Stadium. Heaney surrendered one run on seven hits through 71/3 innings. He walked just two and struck out 12.

The win improved the Cowboys' record to 3-3. OSU also won its 300th game in nine years under coach Frank Anderson. He joins Gary Ward (953) and Toby Greene (318) as the only coaches at Oklahoma State to reach the 300 mark.

Bowling Green State (0-3) led 1-0 after 1½ innings, but the Cowboys answered with four runs in the bottom of the second. Zach Fish's second homer of the season and Robbie Rea's run-scoring double keyed the rally.

The Cowboys and Falcons continue the series at 3 p.m. Saturday.