LINCOLN, Neb. The No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners (38-17, 16-10 Big 12) fell 10-4 in game two to the No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers (39-13, 17-9 Big 12) at Hawks Field Saturday afternoon.
OU attempted to come from behind for the 19th time this season in the final inning, but had too little too late to overcome the early lead built by the Huskers.
The Sooners failed to capitalize on baserunners, leaving nine stranded, including six in scoring position.
Nebraska led 8-1 after three innings after scoring four runs apiece on OU pitchers P.J. Sandoval (6-4) and John Brownell.
The loss was not without reward as OU’s junior-college transfer Joseph Hughes and freshman Brandon Moss received some quality experience.
Hughes replaced Brownell in the third inning and pitched well in his longest outing of the season. After four innings of work, Hughes allowed two runs to score, but struck out four.
Moss entered as a pinch hitter for first baseman Kevin Smith and hit successfully in his two at-bats and scored a run.
The Huskers led early after scoring two runs in the first as timely hitting from designated hitter Andy Gerch scored Nick Jaros and Brandon Buckman.
The Sooners had closed the gap with a run in the top of the third frame, making the score 3-1, but Nebraska scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a decisive lead.
Aaron Reza, who has played left field, shortstop and second base in the series, was OU's top batter today. Reza hit 3-for-4, driving in and scoring a run.
The loss dropped Oklahoma to fourth in the Big 12 conference standings with one game to go before the Big 12 Tournament.
Sunday’s game beings at 1:05 p.m. OU’s Daniel McCutchen faces Nebraska’s Johnny Dorn in the final regular-season game for both teams.
The game will be broadcast on KOKC 1520 AM with Chuck Kelly at the microphone.