Oklahoma Falls 14-4 To Nebraska In Baseball Series Finale

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 01, 2001

April 1, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma baseball team suffered a 14-4 loss to No. 8 Nebraska in the series finale at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Sunday afternoon as the Cornhuskers completed a three-game sweep of the Sooners. The game was called after seven innings due to the Big 12 Conference 10-run rule. The Cornhuskers scored in every inning except the fifth as the conference's leading offensive club collected 12 hits in the game. Eleven of the runs were scored off of Sooner starting pitcher Austin Mix (0-6) who lasted only 3.2 innings. Oklahoma slipped to 10-22 overall and 5-10 in the Big 12 Conference while Nebraska improved to 22-7 overall and 8-2 in the league following the win.

For the second game in a row in the series, the OU offense produced a double-digit hit effort. Three Sooners accounted for over half of the hits with three two-hit performances by senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (2-for-4), junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (2-for-4) and senior first baseman John Erick Munneke (2-for-3). Both of Munneke's hits went for doubles and the senior also scored two of the Sooners' four runs on the afternoon.

Freshmen Denver Kitch (1-for-1) and Matt Fisher (0-for-1) drove in OU's first two runs in back-to-back at bats in the second inning. With runners at second and third base, Kitch singled to drive in senior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (0-for-2) from third base and Fisher lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Munneke, who had advanced to third on Kitch's single.

Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (1-for-4) collected two RBIs in the fourth inning when his single drove in Munneke from second base and brought senior pinch hitter/rightfielder Eliot Joyner (0-for-1) all the way around from first.

The game got away from the Sooners early when, leading 2-0 after the first inning, the `Huskers scored all four of their runs in the second frame after two were out. With the bases loaded, Mix walked Nebraska rightfielder Adam Stern (2-for-3) to force in a run and then designated hitter Matt Hopper (1-for-5) laced a double to clear the bases and plate three more runs.

Two of Nebraska's four runs in the fourth inning came on a two-run homer by leftfielder Justin Seely (4-for-5).

OU looks to end its six-game losing streak when it hosts TCU on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.



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