Norman, OK - Preseason All-America pitcher Dillon Overton allowed two hits and one unearned run over seven innings, striking out seven, as the 14th ranked Sooners posted a 10-4 victor over Hofstra Friday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Field.
The Pride opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Dalton Rouleau led off by reaching on an error, advancing to second. Following a strikeout, Nyman reached on another error, allowing Rouleau to score. Nyman would steal second, but Overton retired the next two batters to escape any further damage.
The Sooners (1-0) would strike for four runs in its half of the frame as they loaded the bases with one out followed by a run-scoring walk to Colt Bickerstaff and a three-run double by Anthony Hermelyn.
Oklahoma would tack on three more runs in the fourth, loading the bases on a single, walk and hit batsman before Matt Oberste tripled in three runs for a 7-1 lead. The Sooners would close out their scoring with a three-run seventh, with two runs scoring on a triple by Kolbey Carpenter.
The Pride would score three times in the ninth as Jared Hammer singled with one out and went to third on a Jackson double. Hammer scored on an infield out off the bat of Joe Perez and Jackson came in on an RBI single from Matt Reistetter. Two batters later, Reistetter scored on an error to wrap up the scoring.
Overton allowed a double to Jackson in the fourth and a single to Nyman in the sixth before yielding to Ralph Garza, Jr. in the eighth.
Joe Burg took the loss for the Pride, allowing seven runs on six hits in four innings. Dave Jesch threw 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief and Gregg Sarra had a scoreless inning as well for the Pride, which used five pitchers in the game.
The teams return to action Saturday with a doubleheader. Game one begins at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
Notes: Hammer extended his streak of reaching base in consecutive games to 63 dating back to the 2011 season. He also extended his hitting streak to 27 straight games...Jackson now has a 22-game hitting streak.