NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma baseball team’s third Red & White Series game went to the White Team, 7-6, which draws them within a game in the series. White squandered an early lead, but rallied in the seventh to claim its first win of a 2-1 series.
Trailing 5-2, Red put together three runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game heading toward the final inning. Senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) hit a leadoff-single and scored on a wild pitch. Freshman designated hitter Justin Cooke (Norman, Okla.) doubled off the wall in left to drive in two and tie the game.
In the top of the seventh, sophomore DH Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas) started the rally with a leadoff-single up the middle. Junior center fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) singled to put runners on the corners and stole second to get into scoring position. A sacrifice-fly by freshman Tyler Hardman (Corona, Calif.) put White back in front and Walker scored on a single through the right side by freshman shortstop Brock Henderson (Chickasha, Okla.).
Redshirt-freshman left Trevor Munsch (Lawrence, Kan.) got the win despite a blown save. Freshman LHP Levi Prater (Ada, Okla.) took the mound for the bottom of the first and struck out the side looking. He surrendered just two hits and two walks, while striking out six in a no-decision.
The bats got going immediately as junior catcher Domenic DeRenzo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led off the game with a double to left center. He later scored on a passed ball and junior second baseman Thomas Hughes (Norman, Okla.) added a RBI-single.
White added to its lead with a pair of runs in the third beginning with a leadoff-home run by Walker. Henderson singled with one and scored from third with runners on the corners on a squeeze-bunt by Hughes.
Red cut the deficit in half in the fourth beginning with a RBI-triple from junior left fielder Blake Brewster (Moore, Okla.), who would soon score on a groundball to short off the bat of Cooke.
Game four of the series is scheduled for Sunday, October 29 at noon.