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ORLANDO, Fla. – Freshman right-hander Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas) pitched six solid innings in a seven inning effort, but the University of Oklahoma baseball team was unable to overcome a three-run fourth in a 6-3 loss to Ohio State at Jay Bergman Field, Sunday afternoon. The loss was the second straight for the Sooners who dropped to 5-3, while the Buckeyes improved to 5-2.
Elliott (1-1) allowed four runs; three earned on four hits and struck out eight, while not allowing a single walk. He was perfect through the first three frames, but ran into trouble in the fourth.
A hit by pitch and a single put two men on to leadoff the inning. OSU left fielder Patrick Porter then singled in a run and a second came in as redshirt-junior right fielder Taylor Alspaugh (Broken Arrow, Okla.) attempted to throw out the runner going first to third, but his throw found its way to the Buckeye dugout, advancing the runner home and giving Ohio State a 2-1 lead. A third run came in on a wild pitch as Porter darted home. Elliott then struck out a pair and induced and inning-ending groundout.
The Sooners climbed back into the game with a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh. Sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) singled with a runner on second to cut the lead to two in the sixth. In the seventh, senior second baseman Hector Lorenzana (San Diego, Calif.) reached on an error to get the inning started and Alspaugh singled; setting up a sacrifice fly for sophomore designated hitter Kolbey Carpenter (Waco, Texas).
The Buckeyes added two runs off sophomore righty Ralph Garza Jr. (New Braunfels, Texas) in the eighth. He pitched two innings and struck out three.
Oklahoma had the first run of the game as it stole the lead in the first inning. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley (Nacogdoches, Texas) hit a one-out singled, stole second and moved to third as freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) reached on an error. A double steal was then in order as Haley successfully stole home to put OU on the board.
The win went to lefty Zach Farmer (1-1). He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed two unearned runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a pair. Preseason All-American righty Trace Dempsey locked down his second save of the season in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen.
For the game, Porter led the way for Ohio State on a 2-for-4, two-run day. Third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic finished 2-for-5 with a run and a RBI.
The Sooners are on the road again this week for the ASU Tournament in Surprise, Ariz. Oklahoma takes the field against Manhattan Thursday at 5:00 pm CT.
· Jake Elliott struck out a career-high eight in his second career start.
· Hector Lorenzana had a six-game hitting streak snapped.
· The Sooners have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
· The loss was the first in the all-time series with Ohio State; which OU leads, 3-1.
· The first meeting between the two school was an Oklahoma victory at the 1951 College World Series.