Oklahoma recovered from a three-run deficit and the monotony of two rain delays Friday to beat The Citadel 9-7 on the first day of the UCF Classic baseball gathering in Orlando, Fla.
Mac James had three hits, including a homer between rain delays to give the Sooners their first run of the game. The Sooners (5-1) tied it in the fourth inning on an RBI single from Hunter Haley, who later scored the go-ahead-for-good run on Sheldon Neuse's hit. OU led 9-3 before The Citadel (2-3) made it close with two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The game started at noon and ended at 5:41 p.m.
Each team used six pitchers. Kyle Hayes, the third to throw for Oklahoma, notched his first win of the season. He stopped the Bulldogs on one hit, a walk and two strikeouts in 21/3 innings.
OU plays 5 p.m. Saturday against host Central Florida.
COWBOYS TRIM GRIZZLIES
Oklahoma State needed two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday to trim Oakland 3-2 at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.
The No. 18-ranked Cowboys improved to 6-0, but it wasn't easy against the Golden Grizzlies of Rochester, Mich., who played their first game of the season. Oakland led 2-1 after three innings and nursed its advantage until OSU took the lead on Tim Arakawa's RBI single and Donnie Walton's sacrifice fly.
Brendan McCurry threw the final 11/3 innings for OSU, picking up his third save of the spring. He blanked Oakland on one hit, no walks and a strikeout.
The teams continue the series with a doubleheader Saturday. The first game will start at 1 p.m.