NORMAN, Okla. – Damien Magnifico tossed 8.2 shutout innings, giving up just three hits and striking out four to lead Oklahoma to a 4-0 win over No. 11 Arkansas on Tuesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Razorbacks drop to 24-8 with the loss, while the Sooners improve to 19-14 with the win.
Magnifico (1-0) earned his first win of the season on the mound for Oklahoma, pitching 8.2 shutout innings. Magnifico struck out four and surrendered just three hits in his time on the mound. Steven Okert got the final out of the game to earn his first save of the season.
Arkansas starter Randall Fant
(1-2) took the loss, giving up a run on three hits in two innings.
had a pair of hits to lead the Razorbacks at the plate. Jake Wise
also had a hit for Arkansas in the loss.
Max White had two hits and two RBI for Oklahoma. Cody Reine also added two hits, while Evan Mistich went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Oklahoma got the scoring started with a run in the bottom of the first. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Caleb Bushyhead and White hit back-to-back doubles with the second scoring Bushyhead for the game’s first run.
The Sooners tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Hunter Lockwood doubled and a single by Reine put runners at first and third. Mistich then singled into left to score Lockwood and give Oklahoma 2-0 lead.
Arkansas had its best chance of the game in the top of the fifth. Derrick Bleeker
led off the inning by drawing a walk and then moved to second on a one-out single by Wise. Oklahoma was able to get out of the inning as Jacob Morris
grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Oklahoma added its third run of the game in the home half of the fifth. Jack Mayfield hit a one-out single, but was retired at second on a fielder’s choice ground out by Bushyhead. White then doubled to right field to score Bushyhead from first.
The Sooners stretched the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a run without the benefit of a hit. Erik Ross reached first with one out on a throwing error by Tim Carver
at shortstop. Mayfield was then hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Ross moved to third on a stolen base and then scored on a wild pitch.
Arkansas got a pair of base runners in the top of the ninth. Matt Reynolds
walked with two outs and Jimmy Bosco
reached on a fielding error by the pitcher. Oklahoma was able to preserve the shutout as Bleeker struck out looking to end the contest.
The Razorbacks resume Southeastern Conference play this weekend when they host No. 3 Kentucky. Game times for the series are scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 12:05 p.m. on Sunday.