BASEBALL SLUGS WAY TO SERIES WIN OVER ARKANSAS STATE

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BASEBALL SLUGS WAY TO SERIES WIN OVER ARKANSAS STATE

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University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications Press Release

NORMAN – Tyler Hardman continued his tear at the plate, adding three more hits, two RBIs and four runs to his ledger on Monday, leading the Oklahoma baseball team to a 12-6 series-clinching win over Arkansas State at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
 
Hardman went 3 for 4 in the game, notching a single, double and a home run just one day after he hit for the cycle in Sunday's doubleheader. He was an astounding 11 for 12 at the plate (.917 batting average) with six RBIs, 11 runs scored and six extra base hits in the series. His on-base streak ended at 16 consecutive plate appearances, finishing just shy of the NCAA record of 18. He was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday.
 
The first baseman was not alone in offensive production for the Sooners (8-7). Center fielder Tanner Tredaway went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and second baseman Conor McKenna doubled home two runs. Third baseman Peyton Graham and left fielder Diego Muniz each singled twice and scored two runs. Oklahoma notched double digit hits for the fourth straight game (14 today) and has scored at least nine runs in five of its last six outings.
 
Ben Abram (1-0) earned the win with 3.1 innings in relief of starter Dalton Fowler, who struck out six batters and walked none over 2.2 innings. Luke Taggart pitched 2.0 scoreless frames to close out the game.
 
"We played, I think, 27 innings in 24 hours. Those kids kept at it and kept playing offense," Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. "I'm really proud of their resilience and what they've done. We just have to go out there and continue to play defense and do what we can to help our team win."
 
Oklahoma wasted no time putting runs on the board, as Hardman and Tredaway hit RBI singles in the first inning. Hardman homered to center field in the third inning and walked in the fourth inning, extending his hitting streak to 10 at bats and his reached-base streak to 16 plate appearances.
 
OU sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs in the fourth inning to extend its lead to 8-1. Designated hitter Brett Squires doubled and scored on an error after a single by Muniz. Shortstop Brandon Zaragoza singled home Muniz and then scored on a balk. Graham came home on a bases-loaded walk and Hardman crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
 
Catcher Jimmy Crooks drove in a run with a base hit to right field in the fifth inning, scoring Muniz. Tredaway doubled in the sixth inning, plating McKenna to make the score 10-4. In the seventh, McKenna doubled over the right center field wall to score Crooks and Hardman, extending OU's lead to 12-4.
 
Hardman's streaked snapped when he grounded out to third base in the fifth inning. In his next at bat, he doubled to the wall in right field, setting up McKenna's two-run double.
 
The Red Wolves (3-9) scored a run in the third inning on an RBI double by third baseman Ben Klutts. Center fielder Drew Tipton homered in the fifth inning, and an RBI single with an error by catcher Parker Rowland in the sixth scored two runs to cut the Sooners' lead to 9-4. Arkansas State added two runs in the eighth inning on RBI groundouts by Rowland and second baseman Blake McCutchen. ASU starter Brandon Anderson (0-2) pitched 3.1 innings and took the loss.
 
Oklahoma travels to Fayetteville, Ark., today to face No. 1 Arkansas. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. on SEC Network.

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