April 15, 2011
TULSA, Okla. -- The No. 8 Sooners held a 5-1 lead after the top of the fifth inning, but six unearned runs gave No. 18 Oklahoma State an 8-7 victory in game of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series on Friday.
The Cowboys plated the six unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning off two Sooner errors, and when the game entered the ninth inning tied at seven runs apiece, Dane Phillips hit a solo homer to end the contest and drop the Sooners’ overall mark to 25-9 and 6-6 in Big 12 play. OSU improved to 26-8 and 9-4, snapping a two-game losing streak in Tulsa to the Sooners.
Bobby Shore tossed 3 1/3 innings of solid relief before giving up the walk-off homer, the only hit he allowed to go along with three strikeouts. The loss dropped Shore to 2-2 while OSU closer Chris Marlowe tossed the final 3 2/3 innings to improve to 3-2.
The Cowboys plated the first run of the game on Jared Womack’s RBI single in the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fourth, the Sooners came back to plate two runs and take their first lead of the game. Tyler Ogle started off the rally with a one-out single to center field. He then scored on Ricky Eisenberg’s two-out RBI double to the gap to left-center field. Eisenberg then came around to score on Casey Johnson’s RBI single through the left side of the infield.
Tyler Ogle gave the Sooners a 4-1 lead with a two-run single in the top of the fifth and Chris Ellison’s sacrifice fly pushed it to a four-run advantage.
The Sooner momentum was quickly extinguished in bottom half of the fifth as Michael Rocha struck out the first two batters and then a fly ball off the bat of Zach Johnson was dropped in center field by Ellison. The error resulted in six unearned runs off four hits in the frame.
“When you have a Friday night pitcher and he is pitching pretty good, and you have a pretty good lead, you just need to do fundamental things and we didn’t do that,” said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway.
The 4 2/3 innings by Rocha marked his shortest start of the season and the first under six innings despite recording six strikeouts.
“I should have been able to make a few pitches to get us out of that inning,” said Rocha. “But I was really proud of the way our team came back and fought the rest of the game.”
In the top of the sixth, OU battled back to tied the game at seven runs apiece on RBI singles by Caleb Bushyhead and Ogle, who finished with a game-high four hits and three RBIs.
The Sooner offense, which plated double-digit hits for the 19th time this season (eight out of last 10), also chased OSU’s Mike Strong out of the ball game early. Strong lasted just four innings in the start and gave up five earned runs off seven hits.
“We’re disappointed right now,” said Ogle. “But we have to drop this one and get ready for tomorrow’s game.”
The series resumes on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Oklahoma City at Redhawks Field in Bricktown. The game will be carried on the Sooner Sports Network, KREF 1400 AM with Chuck Kelly and Ross Hubbard calling the action.