Five-Run Fourth Stakes Red to Two-Game Lead
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma baseball team’s Red & White World Series continued Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park with the Red Team winning, 6-3, to extend its lead in the series to two games to none. The Red Team plated five runs on four hits, one walk and one error in the fourth to overcome a brief deficit.
The resilient White Team answered back with a run in the bottom of the fourth and again in the fifth.
Junior right-hander Austin Hansen (Lenexa, Kan.) earned the win in a three-inning start. He stranded two runners in both the first and second innings with groundballs back to the mound to end each frame. Hansen totaled three strikeouts and was only touched up for an unearned run with two down in the third.
Senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) led off the top of the fourth with a double to right and an error on the infield opened the gates for the offense. Freshman designated hitter Justin Mitchell (Platte City, Mo.) drove in a run with a single to left and freshman catcher Justin Cooke (Norman, Okla.) grounded out to the left side to drive in another. The big blow of the inning came on a bases-clearing double into the left field corner by junior right fielder Jacob Walker (Hallsville, Texas).
Junior second baseman Thomas Hughes (Norman, Okla.) drew a leadoff-walk in the fourth for the White Team and scored on a double down the left field line by freshman right fielder Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Marshall, Minn.). The White Team then had two runners on with nobody out, down by three, but freshman right-hander Zack Matthews (Wellston, Okla.) worked himself out of trouble with two strikeouts and a pop out to short.
Hughes played a part in getting the White Team a run back again in the fifth. A passed ball on a strikeout gave the home team a runner to lead off the inning and a single by senior first baseman Hunter Hudson (Chandler, Okla.) put two men aboard with one gone. Hughes then doubled to right-center to bring in one run, but Hudson was cut down at the plate to preserve a two-run lead for the Ted Team.
In the bottom of the sixth, the White Team got the tying run on base against junior right-hander Brett Lorah (Elgin, Okla.). Freshman left fielder Anthony Schlass (West Bend, Wisc.) hit a leadoff-single, sophomore catcher Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas) walked and junior designated hitter Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) singled. With the bases loaded and one down, Lorah got freshman third baseman Tyler Hardman (Corona, Calif.) to line into a double play at third and end the threat.
Junior right-hander Dylan Grove (Moore, Okla.) took a no-decision despite three-shutout innings. He scattered three hits and did not walk a single batter. Sophomore RHP Nathan Wiles (Overland Park, Kan.) was credited with the loss despite giving up just one earned run.
The Sooners take a break from the series on Wednesday to play their annual Halloween Game. The baseball players will team up with OU softball at Marita Hynes Field in a charity game to benefit the OU Children’s Hospital. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the gate and online at SoonerSports.com through the Vs. Cancer Foundation.