NORMAN, Okla. --The No. 14 OU baseball team (20-8, 2-2 Big 12 ) fell 2-0 in the series opener against No. 11 Texas (20-10, 5-1 Big 12) on Friday in front of 2,240 fans at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
As usual, Friday night in the Big 12 was a pitching duel, this time between OU’s Daniel McCutchen and Texas’ Kyle McCulloch.
McCutchen threw his Big 12-leading third complete game of the season but fell to 4-4. McCutchen (one earned run) threw 119 pitches and struck out four batters opposite four walks. In his last two outings versus Texas, McCutchen has lasted 18 innings and struck out 14 batters with an 0-1 record.
“I thought the game was well played and its too bad someone had to lose that game,” said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. “Both pitchers were terrific tonight.”
Texas struck first with its run in the sixth frame coming off a sacrifice bunt by Carson Kainer, which plated Nick Peoples. The run was unearned after Peoples led off the inning with a single but advanced to second on an error.
The Longhorns increased their lead to two runs with Bradley Suttle’s first career home run in the eighth inning.
The Sooners dropped their first game of the year when outhitting the opposition. OU connected for five hits on Friday opposite Texas’ three. Additionally, OU was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and the best opportunity to score came in the second inning with runners on first and second with one out.
Aaron Reza led the Sooners’ offense with a 3-for-3 day at the plate. Reza has hit safely in five of the last six games and has seven base knocks in that span. Kevin Smith and Aaron Ivey had the other two Sooner hits.
Texas’ Kyle McCulloch improved to 3-4 after eight innings of five-hit ball. McCulloch struck out and walked three batters before giving way to Adrian Alaniz for his second save. Alaniz, who was scheduled to start on Saturday, is expected to return to the mound on Sunday for the start in the series finale.
The series continues on Saturday with a 5:30 p.m. first pitch and OU’s Steven Guerra (8-0, 2.55 ERA) is expected to throw against Ken Kasparek (3-1, 4.25 ERA). Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the rest of the series can be heard live on KOKC 1520 AM and seen live on ESPNU.