SOONERS HAND MAVS FIRST SHUTOUT OF SEASON
March 14, 2006
ARLINGTON, Texas - Oklahoma got a career-high seven strikeouts from starter Ryan Mottern and three-run home run from Ryan Rohlinger in the fourth inning as the #21 Sooners shutout UT-Arlington 8-0 Tuesday evening at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Mottern improved to 2-1 on the season as he allowed three hits and walked one in his five innings of work.
OU (17-4) got on the board in the second inning Chuckie Caufiled hit a fly ball to center field that was never seen by the center fielder and turned into a double. With two outs, a walk and a stolen base put runners on the corners for Joe Dunigan who took a hanging breaking ball on 0-2 and ripped an RBI single to right field. When the right fielder allowed the ball to the wall, a second run had scored and Dunigan was on third. Kody Kaiser drove in the third run of the inning with a single to left center.
The Sooners added to the lead in the fourth as Russell Raley tripled to right center on the first pitch of the inning. After a pair of walks, Aaron Reza drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before Rohlinger's home run to left.
OU pushed across the eighth run of the game in the sixth as a Caufield double to left center scored Reza who was hit by a pitch and went to second on a wild pitch.
Austin Bridges (2-3) took the loss as he allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in a predetermined two innings of work. The Mavs bullpen by committee allowed five runs on five hits, with five walks and five strikeouts, in seven innings of work.
The Mavs return to action this weekend as they travel to face Louisiana-Monroe in a battle of unbeatens in Southland Conference action. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening at Indian Field.