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OU baseball: Sooners use 21 hits to blow out Texas Southern in home opener


NORMAN — OU baseball’s run total stood out at the end of a 14-1 blowout win over Texas Southern in the Sooners’ home opener Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

But coach Skip Johnson was pleased with more than just the raw numbers, even if it was against an overmatched opponent.

“I thought they came out and played against the ball as good as we’ve ever played since I’ve been here — against the baseball and not the opponent, not the weather,” Johnson said.

The Sooners scored multiple runs in four of the first five innings.

OU was aggressive early, with Tanner Tredaway roping the first pitch the Sooners faced into left field for a single.

It was one of three first-inning singles for OU.

“I think the biggest thing for this team is our energy,” Tredaway said. “So if we can get things going offensive, especially early in the game, I think our energy’s better.”

Tredaway finished 2 for 4 with a fifth-inning home run, the first of his Sooners’ career.

OU’s 21 hits were its most since the Sooners had 22 against Mississippi State in the opening game of the 2018 NCAA Regional.

“Hitting and offense are two totally different animals,” Johnson said. “There’s four things that are involved in offense — bat control, which we did today; bunting, which we did today; hitting, which we did today; and baserunning. I thought we ran the bases well.”

OU has yet to commit an error through four games, though Johnson said there was plenty of room to grow defensively.

“We’re confident in it but you look back at it and in our first game, there were three or four plays in the first five innings of that game that could’ve been different and they might not’ve scored the first run if we just played good catch,” Johnson said. “They weren’t errors, they were more fielder’s choices but in our book, they’re errors.

“We’ve got to continue to really focus on playing the speed of the game and practicing game-like as much as we can.”

After dropping their opener 6-0 to Virginia, the Sooners have won three consecutive games.

Ben Abram threw five shutout innings to get the win.

Abram struggled a bit early before settling into a rhythm.

“He was a little bit sporadic early,” Johnson said. “They didn’t chase a lot of breaking balls early which was difficult and then he just started shoving fastballs in there, which was really good to see.”

The Sooners and Tigers play at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the finale of their two-game series.

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