Sooners Struggle in 8-1 Defeat to No. 5 Nebraska
April 29, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners dropped game two of the series, 8-1, against No. 5 Nebraska on Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park after taking game one of the three-game set, 5-1, on Thursday. 

Nebraska scored early and often, posting a single run in the first and second frames and then padding the lead with a six-run third inning.  Each of Nebraska’s six runs in the big inning were scored with two outs. 

Brandon Buckman and Jeff Christy collected two hits and two RBI apiece to lead the Huskers’ offense.

Box score:  Nebraska 8, Oklahoma 1

Nebraska’ offense woke up, after an unproductive game one, to post eight run on sixteen hits.  The Sooners won the opener of the series with timely hitting but only managed to knock around five hits on Friday. 

Russell Raley was responsible for the Sooners’ lone run, scored in the bottom of the ninth.  Raley doubled to left center field, with one out, and brought home Chuckie Caufield, who scored all the way from first base. 

Raley extended his hitting streak to eight games, the longest of any current Sooner and Ryan Rohlinger did the same with two hits in the ball game to extend his streak to seven contests.

Zach Kroenke started on the mound for the Huskers and pitched his second complete game of the season to improve to 5-2.  The lefty gave up just one run on five hits and one walk, to accompany his six strikeouts.

After receiving a stellar start from Daniel McCutchen in the opener, Friday’s starter Steven Guerra (4-5) for the Sooners was chased out of the third inning (2 2/3).  Guerra threw 67 pitches and allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and no walks.

Brad Burns came in for Guerra and pitched 6.1 effective innings of relief, striking out a career-high six batters.  Burns surrendered held the Huskers at bay, allowing one run on six hits, while striking out two.

OU fell to 23-19 and 7-10 in Big 12 play, as Nebraska improved to 36-9 and 11-6 in Big 12 play.

The series concludes on Saturday with the rubber game at 1 p.m. in Norman.  OU’s Garrett Patterson (4-1, 3.41 ERA) will start for the Sooners, his first start since March 18, and he will throw opposite NU’s Johnny Dorn (6-1, 2.15 ERA), making his first conference start.  The game will be aired live by ESPNU (DirecTV channel 609).

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