No. 8 Sooners Fall at No. 23 Wichita State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 02, 2006

WICHITA, Kan. -- The No. 8 Sooners could not overcome an early deficit on Tuesday at Eck Stadium as they fell 9-5 to No. 23 Wichita State. The loss was OU’s second straight and it dropped it to 35-12 overall while Wichita State improved to 35-15.

The Sooners tried to piece together a late rally by loading the bases with one out in the ninth frame but Russell Raley’s ground out, which plated Aaron Reza, was all the offense could manage. Wichita State outhit Oklahoma 13-12 and the Sooners stranded 11 runners in the contest.

For OU, the 12-hit performance was the 30th time this season that the offense connected for double-digit hits and just the third time that it suffered a defeat when doing so (Lamar and Arizona State).

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The Shockers won their second straight game over OU after chasing Ryan Mottern out of the game in the second inning. Mottern threw one complete inning and surrendered six runs on six hits, while striking out one and walking one.

Wichita State took an early 8-0 lead after a pair of four-run innings to begin the game. Down eight runs after two innings, the Sooners began to rally with a Freddy Rodriguez scoring on a throwing error by WSU’s right fielder on a Joseph Hughes single.

OU then posted three runs in the fourth inning off RBI singles from Rodriguez and Jackson Williams and an RBI double by Chuckie Caufield.

Four different Sooners (Reza, Raley, Rodriguez and Hughes) connected for two base hits apiece. John Brownell was effective for the Sooners out of the bullpen, striking out six batters (second highest total of his career) over 6 1/3 innings.

Wichita State was led by Kenny Waddell (3-for-5, 3 runs) and Conor Gillaspie who went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The Sooners will return to action this weekend to host the final home games of the season against Kansas State. The three-game set kicks off on Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m. and Sunday, Senior Day, is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch.






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