No. 18 Sooners Downed By No. 17 Oklahoma State
TULSA, Okla. – No. 18 Oklahoma baseball fell to No. 17 Oklahoma State, 10-1, in front of 8,607 fans at ONEOK Field on Saturday night. The Sooners dropped to 28-17 overall and 10-7 in the Big 12, while the Cowboys claimed the series to improve to 26-14-1 and 14-3 in league play.
Oklahoma State strung together five consecutive hits to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. A RBI single by Jon Littell to right field put the Cowboys up 1-0, while OU right fielder Steele Walker limited the damage by nailing the trailing runner at the plate. After Steven Funk singled to plate Littell, Trevor Boone pushed the Cowboys’ lead to 3-0 with an RBI triple to the wall in right center.
The Cowboys crossed three more runs in the second inning to chase OU right-hander Devon Perez. Matt Kroon looped a single down the right field line to push the OSU lead to 4-0. Littell followed two batters later with a two-RBI double to extend the Cowboy’s advantage.
OU scratched a run across in the top of the sixth after opening the inning with back-to-back singles from Cade Harris and Brandon Zaragoza. With runners at the corners, Harris scored on a wild pitch to put OU on the board.
In the bottom of the seventh, a sacrifice fly by Boone and a three-run home run to left field by Carson McCusker allowed the Cowboys to add four insurance runs against the OU bullpen.
In his shortest start of the season, Perez (4-2) lasted 1.1 innings and surrendered six runs on seven hits, while walking one. Freshman southpaw Levi Prater tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, registering five strikeouts.
OSU right-hander Joe Lienhard picked up the victory, throwing six innings. Lienhard (5-1) scattered three hits and three walks, allowing just one run to go along with seven strikeouts.
The Sooners recorded four hits as Harris finished 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks. OU’s Brylie Ware extended his hitting streak to five games with a single in the ninth inning, while Zaragoza and Kyle Mendenhall each recorded one hit apiece.
Funk led Oklahoma State at the plate with a 4-for-5 performance, driving in one run and scoring twice. Littell was 2-of-3 with two runs scored and three RBI, while McCusker finished 3-for-3 and had three RBI.
The Sooners and Cowboys will wrap up the series on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT in Tulsa. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.