EDINBURG, Texas -- The Sooners (2-1), ranked No. 28 in the NCBWA poll, took an early 5-1 lead after the first two frames on Sunday against Lamar (1-2) at Edinburg Stadium, but the OU pitching staff surrendered three runs in the third and seven more in the fourth to drop its first loss of the season, 21-9, in the UTPA Classic.
P.J. Sandoval (0-1) allowed six runs (five earned) in 2.1 innings of work. Lamar posted 21 runs on the Sooners, via 25 hits, a season high for runs and hits allowed by OU.
Chuckie Platt (1-0) took over on the Lamar mound for Steve Macfarland to record the win. Platt tossed four innings and struck out five Sooners.
Despite scoring nine runs on 11 hits, the OU offense could not erase the large deficit. In the tournament, OU pounded out 32 runs off of 43 hits and came away with a 2-1 start to the 2006 season.
OU’s Aaron Reza finished the game with a 3-for-4 performance and two RBI and Kevin Smith was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day with two RBI.
Lamar was led by Dan Hernandez, who was 4-for-5 from the plate with five RBI.
With the Texas swing over, OU returns to Norman to prepare for its home opener on Friday, Feb. 10 against Western Illinois. The game, slated for a 3 p.m. start, will be the first of three over the weekend against the Leathernecks. Saturday’s action will get underway at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at L. Dale Mitchell Park.