Sooners bounce back with shutout win of ORU

Mar. 26—After walking the first batter of the day in five pitches, Oklahoma starter Grant Stevens retired the next 11 batters he faced to set the tone for a bounce-back win Tuesday.

Anthony Mackenzie put the Sooners' first run across in the bottom of the first on a hard ground ball up the middle that just got past Oral Roberts' second baseman. They scored three runs in the first, but leaned on Stevens' big outing to run away with a run-rule win in seven innings.

The Sooners scored four runs in the seventh and a single by Easton Carmichael sealed a 10-0 win.

Oklahoma entered the game coming off back-to-back losses last Saturday at home to West Virginia. They were the Sooners' first two conference losses of the season.

Stevens threw the first six innings, a season-high through eight appearances, and allowed just two hits and two walks with no earned runs. The lefty was a graduate transfer from the University of the Pacific and had only started one other game, a loss to Dallas Baptist.

Jace Miner came in for a short stint before being replaced by Reid Hensley, who closed out the game striking out two of the last three batters. The Sooners' pitching staff combined for six strikeouts, two hits allowed, three walks, one hit batter and no earned runs.

It was Oklahoma's third shutout win of the season and its second run-rule win.

The Sooner offense had 15 hits and were walked five times.

Bryce Madron and Jackson Nicklaus each had three hits and four others finished with two.

Five of the Sooners' runs came with two outs on the board and the team went 6-12 at the plate in those situations.

The Sooners, winners of six of their last nine games, remain at home this weekend for a three-game non-conference series against Lamar.

The series opener is Thursday with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m. All three games will be televised on ESPN+.