March 13, 2001
Tulsa, Okla. - Oklahoma was forced to use seven pitchers who were plagued by a season-high 10 walks in an 11-4 loss to Oral Roberts Tuesday afternoon at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa. Offensively, OU, who fell to 8-14 overall, out hit ORU, who improved to 11-3, for the game, 8-7. OU starting pitcher Buddy Blair (0-2) suffered the loss for the Sooners.
Both teams got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. OU struck first with two runs in the top of the frame when junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (2-for-3) hit a home run to straight-away centerfield to plate two runs. Senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (1-for-4) scored on the roundtripper.
On a bizarre play at bottom of the inning, ORU scored its first run of the game when a miscommunication between OU senior catcher Sean Smith (1-for-4) and Blair allowed a run to cross the plate from third with two away and the bases loaded. Three walks, an error and a base hit later, off Blair and junior reliever Rocky Cherry, led to four more runs in the inning to open up a 5-2 Golden Eagle lead.
Oral Roberts would strike again with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh inning.
The Sooners added two more runs to their total in the eighth frame. Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (2-for-4) tripled with one out and scored on the next play, a RBI-single by Bartlett. After a single by senior first baseman Greg Dobbs (1-for-4) and a wild pitch moved Bartlett to third base, Frasier nailed a base hit to drive in Bartlett for his third RBI of the game.
OU heads to Waco, Texas, this weekend for a Big 12 Conference series against the Baylor Bears.