Feb. 10, 2001
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Oklahoma dropped both games of a doubleheader to Alabama Saturday afternoon by scores of 10-8 and 5-0 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
"I thought we played awfully well in the first game," commented Sooner Head Coach Larry Cochell. "We scored seven runs to climb back into the game and then ended up giving up two costly home runs at the end of the game to lose it."
After spotting the Crimson Tide to five runs in the first inning of the first contest, the Sooners climbed back into the game with a single run in the second frame and two runs each in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Two solo homers by senior shortstop Jason Bartlett (1-for-4) and junior first baseman Charlie Frasier (2-for-4) sparked the OU offense in the third. For the game, the Sooners collected eight extra-base hits, including six doubles, to help score the majority of thier runs. Eight of Oklahoma's starters produced hits in the game led by junior rightfielder Zach Harris who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI.
Leading 8-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Alabama rallied for four runs in the seventh and eighth innings on an RBI single and two home runs, one a two-run shot. Senior righthander Austin Coose gave up the final four runs to the Tide and suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season.
In game two, Alabama righthander Lance Cormier (1-0) held the Sooner offense to no runs on five hits to throw a complete-game shutout. It marked the first time that OU had been shutout since an 11-0 defeat at Arizona State in 1999. Oklahoma left seven runners on base, including three in scoring position. The top three hitters in the Sooner lineup, Bartlett, junior Sergio Garcia and senior Greg Dobbs, accounted for most of the offensive production by registering one hit each.
Freshman righty Mark Roberts (0-1) looked impressive in his first collegiate start throwing four innings and giving up only one hit and one unearned run.
The two teams will conclude the series tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in Tusacaloosa.