Feb. 14, 2004
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Oklahoma starting pitcher Casey Brown scattered six hits and allowed only one run in seven innings to lead the Sooners to a 4-2 victory over Cal State Northridge in the fourth game of the 2004 Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic at Surprise Stadium.
Oklahoma evened its season record at 1-1, rebounding from a 15-5 loss to Gonzaga to open the tournament Friday. Cal State Northridge lost its third straight to fall to 4-5 on the season and 0-2 in the second annual Coca-Cola Classic.
Brown, who went 3-1 with a 4.78 ERA as a junior in 2003, limited CSUN to only six hits and struck out two in his season debut. Junior closer Jarod McAuliff sealed the win with one and two-thirds innings of shutout relief to earn the save.
CSUN starter Eddy Camacho allowed only five hits and four runs (two earned) in six and two-third strong innings. He earned the tough-luck loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. At one point from the second through fifth innings, Camacho retired 11 straight.
OU second baseman Russell Raley led the Sooners going 2-for-4 with one RBI and right fielder Andrew McGuire went 2-for-2 after entering the game for injured outfielder Blake Hurlbutt.
CSUN leadoff hitter Quinn Ciccarelli was 2-for-5 with a run scored and second baseman Raymond Ravago was 2-for-3.
The Sooners and Matadors exchanged runs in the first inning. OU leadoff hitter Jeff Scuderi walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and then scored on a one-out wild pitch. CSUN tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out, bunt single by left fielder Keith Renno.
Oklahoma forged ahead in the second with an unearned run to take a 2-1 lead. Designated hitter Eric Thornton led off with a double to right field and scored on a fielding error by CSUN second baseman Raymond Ravago.
The Sooners added some insurance runs with a two-run seventh inning. Center fielder Aaron Ivey plated a run on a double to the right field gap and second baseman Russell Raley drilled a two-out, run-scoring single to extend OU's lead to 4-1.
Oklahoma will finish out tournament play Sunday with a 3 p.m. game against No. 7 Arizona State. Cal State Northridge will face Oregon State in the 9 a.m. game Sunday.