Feb. 4, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - A five run fifth inning helped Oklahoma City defeat the 15th-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team, 7-4, Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Losing pitcher Austin Mix (0-1), who started the contest, surrendered all five runs after allowing six hits in the frame. OCU starting pitcher Mario Delgado (1-0) shut the Sooner offense down over 7.2 innings of work, allowing only three runs on five hits. Following yesterday's 4-3 11 inning win by OU (1-1), the two teams split the two-game set, however, OCU (1-1) has beaten the Sooners four out of the last five meetings.
"I just think this is a learning process for our kids. For some of our players, its going to take a while, but we'll learn from our mistakes," commented OU Head Coach Larry Cochell after the game. "OCU's Mario Delgado threw the ball well today with good speed and worked both sides of the plate."
Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey was once again an offensive star for OU for the second game in a row with a 2-for-4 performance and a run scored. Senior shortstop Jason Bartlett matched Godsey's hit effort with a 2-for-4 outing of his own, including two runs scored and a RBI. Senior third baseman Greg Dobbs drove in the Sooners' other three runs.
Down 7-2 heading into the final two frames, Oklahoma mounted a comeback scoring a single run in the eighth inning and threatening for more in the ninth. The Sooners loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning, but were only able to drive one home on a sacrifice fly to left by Bartlett.
OU scored their other two runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead in the game. Godsey led off for the Sooners with a walk and advanced to second on a base hit by Bartlett. A wild pitch by Delgado moved both runners to third and second, respectively, before Dobbs hit a two-run sacrifice fly to center field to plate the runs.
The Stars' Joey McLaughlin picked up the save, his first on the year, after pitching the final 1.1 innings of the game.
Oklahoma will face Oklahoma Baptist tomorrow at 3 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park in a game that was rescheduled from last Friday.