At this rate, the Arizona Wildcats may want to trade Hi Corbett Field for Dr. Pepper Park.
The hot and patient bats Arizona (8-2) had in Thursday’s high-scoring win over Oklahoma carried over to the rematch, with the Wildcats knocking out 11 hits and drawing seven walks in a 12-1 win over the Sooners on Friday afternoon at the Frisco College Baseball Classic in Frisco, Texas.
It was the seventh straight win for the UA, but unlike the 20-13 win over the Sooners on Thursday this one didn’t require any sort of comeback. The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a solo home run from Jacob Blas and a pair of bases loaded walks, and added two more in the second via a 2-run double by Ryan Holgate.
Oklahoma (4-6) broke the shutout with a run in the top of the sixth, but Arizona came right back with five in the bottom of the frame. Two-run singles by Jacob Berry and Donta’ Williams were the big blows in that inning.
Berry, Blas, Williams, and Branden Boissiere each had two hits for Arizona while Berry, Holgate, Williams and Daniel Susac all drove in two.
Arizona’s pitching was much stronger on Friday, with freshman right-hander Chandler Murphy allowing one run in five-plus innings to improve to 2-0 this season. Relievers Preston Price, Riley Cooper and Austin Smith then followed with four perfect innings of relief, with Price inheriting a bases-loaded, no-out situation from Murphy in the sixth only to strike out the side.
Price struck out five in two innings, giving him 14 in seven scoreless frames this season, and Smith struck out the side in the ninth.
Arizona faces Dallas Baptist at 12 p.m. MST on Saturday, then wraps up the Frisco College Baseball Classic on Sunday against Missouri.