Red Wins Fall Series in Decisive Game Five
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma baseball team wrapped up its fall Red & White World Series on Tuesday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park as the Red White came away with a 4-3 win to claim the series. Red won the first two games of the series last week before White pulled even with wins in game three and four.
After relinquishing the lead in the bottom of the sixth, Red reclaimed the lead with the eventual game-winning run off the bat of junior left fielder Blake Brewster (Moore, Okla.). Junior right fielder Cade Harris (Leona, Texas) drew a one-out walk to start Red’s rally and came around to score on Brewster’s bases-loaded, infield-single.
In the bottom of the seventh, sophomore DH Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas) get White alive with a two-out single up the middle. Junior center fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) then lifted a ball into the right field corner, where Harris made a diving catch to rob Walker of extra bases and preserve the series-clinching win.
Despite a blown save in the sixth, junior right-hander Brett Lorah (Elgin, Okla.) got the win. In one inning of work, he allowed one run on two hits and struck out one. Sophomore lefty Braidyn Fink (Moore, Okla.) earned the save with a scoreless-seventh.
Junior catcher Domenic DeRenzo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) got the scoring started in the bottom of the second with a lead-off home run for the White Team. Red responded for three unearned runs against junior right-hander Dylan Grove (Moore, Okla.) in the top of the second.
After Grove struck out the first two of the inning, a two-out single up the middle by freshman first baseman Justin Cooke (Norman, Okla.) extended the inning. An error at first and a dropped third strike kept the inning alive and brought in a run to tie the game. Senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) then put Red in front with a two-run single through the left side.
White played some small ball to cut into Red’s lead and ultimately tie the game. Freshman left fielder Anthony Schlass (West Bend, Wis.) drove in a run in the fourth with a sacrifice-fly to center and freshman right fielder Dylan Criquet-Daneilson (Marshall, Minn.) tied the game with a sacrifice-fly to right in the sixth.
Cooke and junior second baseman Thomas Hughes (Norman, Okla.), starting for White, led their respective teams with two-hit days.