Thanks to a dominate pitching performance from Dillon Overton, the Sooners opened up play in the Kleberg Bank College Classic with a 3-1 win over Iowa. Overton went 8 scoreless innings with 9 strikeouts and no walks en route to his second win of the season.
“I thought our guys played really good, fundamental baseball today,” said Golloway. “That’s one of the things our captains pointed out after the game, they thought we had a really good approach today and I concur with them. The whole team had a great approach today.”
The game was scoreless through five frames, until Max White delivered an RBI groundout to put the Sooners on the board first in the top of the 6th. In the 8th, the Sooners tacked on another run thanks to a RBI single by White that pushed the lead to 2-0.
However, the scoring wasn’t done for the Sooners as they tacked on another insurance run in the top of the 9th off of an Anthony Hermelyn RBI single.
That would push the Sooners lead to 3-0 as they headed to the bottom of the 9th.
Golloway decided not to run Overton out in the bottom half of the ninth. Instead, he brought in closer, Robert Tasin.
“We were going to let him come back out with a two-run lead,” said Golloway. “I told him I would let him stay in the game unless we got a base runner. Getting a victory is important, but it’s not as important as keeping him healthy. We’ll always make the right judgment there.”
Iowa would threaten in the bottom half of the ninth, and had the tying run at first with two outs, but were only able to come up with one run in the final frame.
The 3-1 win pushed the Sooners record to 7-0 on the season.
OU will take the rest of the day off before playing in the nightcap game tomorrow against Texas A&M Corpus Christ at 6:00 PM CST inside Whataburger field.