NORMAN, Okla. — Fans who watched Oklahoma’s 14-5 win over the University of New Orleans witnessed the third triple play in UNO school history during the first inning.
Four straight batters reached base for Oklahoma in the bottom of the first as the Sooners took a 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded and nobody out, OU’s Hunter Haley lined out to Privateers second baseman Zach Pohto.
Pohto tossed the ball to shortstop Zach Liberto, who touched second for a forceout of Max White. Liberto then the ball to first baseman Zacary Hawkins, who retired Anthony Hermelyn at first.
The triple play was the first for the Privateers since Feb. 14, 1995, against Southeastern Louisiana. The first triple play in school history was recorded on March 2, 1991, against Miami.
The Sooners rebounded in a big way, however, scoring in each of the first seven innings to come away with the 14-5 win at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Oklahoma (30-10) got a season-high 19 hits against UNO (6-35).
The Sooners added two more runs in the second inning after a Privateer error. A Max White home run in the third was followed by a three-run fourth that included a Colt Bickerstaff homer to give the Sooners a 7-1 lead.
UNO posted its first run in the top of the third when Andre Damiens doubled to score Pohto.
The Privateers’ run was just the third allowed by Oklahoma starter Dillon Overton (8-2) in the previous 19 innings. Overton gave up three more runs to UNO in the fifth as a Pohto hit two-RBI single and Damiens followed with a home run.
Overton exited after six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out seven.
OU maintained its success at the plate, gaining a 14-4 lead through seven innings before the Privateers added a final run in the eighth. Damiens walked and took advantage of an error and a pair of wild pitches to plate UNO’s fifth score. The Privateer designated hitter finished 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Alex Smith (2-7) took the loss for the Privateers, allowing nine runs on 12 hits in four innings. Nicholas Schiro threw 1.2 innings of relief, becoming the first UNO pitcher to hold OU off the scoreboard.
All nine hitters in the Sooners’ starting lineup had at least two hits. White was 4-for-5.
The teams play their series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.