Dillon Overton was almost perfect as he led his Oklahoma Sooners to a 3-1 win on Friday, Feb. 22, over the Iowa Hawkeyes. Overton pitched eight shutout innings of seven-hit ball and the OU baseball team won in Game 1 of the 2013 Kleberg Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The 14th ranked Sooners (7-0) remained perfect on the season knocking off Iowa (1-3), with the Hawkeyes getting their only run in the bottom of the ninth off of reliever Robert Tasin, but it was too little, too late. Ovetron struck out nine while Tasin KO’d one more. Oklahoma only picked up one more hit than Iowa, but turned their hits into three runs, spread over three innings in the game.
It was another solid performance by Overton, who won Big 12 Pitcher of the Week last week.
Infielder Jack Mayfield went 3-for-4 in the game with one run scored, while Max White finished with two RBIs in the contest. Matt Oberste, the defending Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, picked up one hit to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in a row.
Iowa tried to come back, picking up a run in the bottom of the ninth, putting two batters on base and coming up with the winning run at the plate. Tasin picked up his second save of the season by striking out that last batter to give OU the win.
OU baseball takes on tournament host Texas A&M Corpus Christi Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.