Feb. 17, 2001
San Diego, Calif. - The Oklahoma baseball team fell, 9-8, to San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium Friday night in their opening game of the San Diego Baseball Classic. With the Sooners leading 8-7 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, a two-run double by San Diego State pinch hitter Pilar Amaya off of OU hurler Rocky Cherry (1-1) knocked in the winning runs to give the Aztecs the win. Oklahoma, who suffered its second-consecutive loss in the bottom of the ninth inning, fell to 2-5 overall, while San Diego State evened its record at 4-4.
OU leftfielder Bryan King, who was one of three Sooners to record a team-best 2-for-4 performance on the evening, figured into the Sooners' three-run comeback after Oklahoma trailed 7-5 at the end of six innings. King lifted a sacrifice fly to left field in the seventh inning to score first baseman Charlie Frasier (1-for-2) from third base. Second baseman Sergio Garcia (2-for-4) then followed with a RBI single to score pinch runner Denver Kitch from second base to knot the game at seven.
King then delivered a two-out base hit in his next at bat to drive in Frasier from third base again and give OU an 8-7 lead in the top of the ninth before SDSU's game-winning heroics in the bottom of the inning.
A two-run home run by Oklahoma third baseman Greg Dobbs (1-for-5) in the first inning and two RBI singles by centerfielder Jerome Godsey (2-for-4) and Garcia in the second frame spotted the Sooners a 4-1 lead through two innings.
However, two three-run innings by the Aztecs proved costly to the Sooners. Following three-consecutive base hits by SDSU, a ground out by the Aztec first baseman drove in the first of three runs in the third inning. An error by OU's Frasier scored the other two SDSU base runners to cap off the three-run frame. Then in the bottom of the sixth inning, four hits, including two doubles, led to three more San Diego State runs.
Oklahoma will face San Diego Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. (CST) in its second contest of the tournament.