Baseball Falls at Dallas Baptist
DALLAS – The Oklahoma baseball team could not overcome a three-run sixth inning by Dallas Baptist, as the Sooners fell to DBU 7-2 Wednesday at Horner Ballpark.
OU (11-2) scored in the first inning and took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Patriots (9-3) scored a run in five straight innings, including the three-run sixth, to pull away.
Junior shortstop Brandon Zaragoza scored both runs for the Sooners and went 2-for-4 at the plate. Sophomore first baseman Tyler Hardman singled in a run in the first inning and junior catcher Brady Lindsly drove in a run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. Hardman extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and he and Zaragoza have reached base in all 13 games this season.
“We gave away free bases and didn’t make plays we had to make in that inning, and we only scored one run with the bases loaded and no outs (in the fifth inning). That was the turning point in the game for us,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “One good thing about it is the growth we can have from it. We saw some guys in situations that we really needed to see them in, even before now. It was good to see them in those situations, and it will help us grow and make us stronger.”
Zaragoza singled in the first inning, stole second and scored on Hardman’s base hit to left field. In the fifth, Zaragoza led off with a walk and scored on Lindsly’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly. The sacrifice fly was the first out of the fifth, and Sooners left two runners on base in the first and fifth frames.
Dallas Baptist tied the game at 1-1 on a solo home run in the fourth inning by shortstop Jimmy Glowenke, who also singled home a run in the fifth to tie the game at 2-all. A walk and single in the sixth inning set up a two-run triple by right fielder Evan Sandmann. He later scored on a base hit to give the Patriots the lead, 5-2. DBU added runs in the seventh and eighth innings on solo home runs by Bryce Ball and Augie Isaacson.
OU freshman Jaret Godman pitched 2.0 innings in the start and allowed no hits and no runs while tallying two strikeouts and two walks. Sophomore Zack Matthews (0-1), who was one of 10 pitchers used in the game, took the loss. DBU reliever Burl Carraway (1-0) was the fourth of six pitchers for the Patriots and earned the win. Sooners pitchers totaled 11 strikeouts in the game.
The Sooners travel to Houston for a three-game series against Rice. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Reckling Park.