Sooners Come Up Short in Top-25 Bedlam Showdown

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University of Oklahoma
MARCH 21, 2017
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STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 10 University of Oklahoma baseball team lost a non-conference Bedlam match-up to No. 16 Oklahoma State, 4-3, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium on Tuesday night. The Sooners dropped to 21-4, while the Cowboys moved to 15-6 and ran their win-streak to eight games.

Trailing by a run in the top of the ninth, Oklahoma sent the top of the order to the plate. Freshman shortstop Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.) led off and got aboard with a leadoff-single up the middle. He was sacrificed to second and reached third on a groundout to the left side, but Oklahoma State got a called strike three to leave the potential tying run 90-feet away from home.

OSU claimed the first lead of the game with a solo home run in the second by catcher Colin Simpson. The Cowboys led by three runs on two occasions, but OU was able to chip into the lead each time.

Senior catcher Renae Martinez (San Pedro, Calif.) came through with a two-out RBI-single in the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-1. Oklahoma State got the run back in the bottom half as Simpson drew a leadoff-walk, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scored on an infield-single behind second.

Oklahoma loaded the bases with three-straight one-out singles in the sixth. Sophomore first baseman Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) got the rally started and scored on a bases-loaded walk issued to freshman designated hitter Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas). The Cowboys limited the Sooners to just the one run with a 6-4-3, inning-ending double play to keep the score at 4-2. Martinez picked up his second hit of the night in the inning.

In the seventh, OU threatened again with a two-out rally; beginning with a two-out, two-base error on a dropped fly ball in left. Senior third baseman Jack Flansburg (Orange, Calif.) singled to left, but the Sooner scoring chance ended a batter later on a groundball to third.

Freshman right-hander Nathan Wiles (Overland Park, Kan.) pitched three innings in the start. Wiles (3-1) surrendered three runs on five hits. Right-hander Blake Battenfield (2-0) lasted three innings in the start for OSU. He gave up just one hit and struck out two. Righty Jake Cowan picked up his second save of the season in 1.1 innings of work.

The Sooners return to action when they open Big 12 play at Baylor this weekend. The series opener is Friday, March 24 at 6:35 pm.

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