No. 14 Arizona State Outlasts Oklahoma

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 18, 2001

April 18, 2001

Oklahoma City, Okla. - The Oklahoma baseball team forced 14th-ranked Arizona State into extra innings before falling 5-3 in 11 innings Wednesday night in game two of the Farm Bureau Insurance Baseball Bash held at the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark. With the game tied at three, Sooner hurler Matt Sorensen (1-3) loaded the bases with two outs on a fielder's choice and two walks before giving up a two-RBI single to ASU shortstop Dennis Wyrick (2-for-4) to score the winning runs in the top of the 11th inning. Andy Torres (10-3) picked up the win for ASU who improved to 25-14 on the season. Oklahoma fell to 15-26 with the loss.

Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth frame, Oklahoma scored the tying run when junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (1-for-4) singled home senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (1-for-5), who reached base on a single with one out at the beginning of the inning.

ASU starting pitcher Mike Esposito and OU pitcher Michael Bradbury engaged in a pitcher's dual through the first half of the game. Esposito had the upper hand in the beginning carrying a slim 1-0 lead, after an early first inning run for the Sun Devils, until the fourth and fifth innings when the Sooners got on the scoreboard with a run in each frame to take a 2-1 lead.

The Sun Devils responded with two runs in the sixth inning to grab a 3-2 advantage before the Sooners' rally in the ninth.

Oklahoma hosts Texas Tech in a three-game set at L. Dale Mitchell Park this weekend. Friday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.



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