Baseball Falls Short Against TCU
NORMAN – The Oklahoma baseball team dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 23 TCU Saturday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park, setting up a rubber game for the 1 p.m. series finale on Sunday.
The Sooners (23-9, 5-3 Big 12) had runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but a running catch was made on a long drive to the left center field warning track to end the game. OU led 2-0 after scoring single runs in the second and third innings, before the Horned Frogs (19-10, 4-4 Big 12) scored two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take the 4-2 lead.
Oklahoma starter Nathan Wiles pitched 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Reliever Wyatt Olds (0-2) took the loss. TCU starter Charles King (2-1) allowed two runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts in 7.0 innings in the win, and Marcelo Perez earned the save. OU tallied 11 hits to TCU’s 10 hits.
“They executed and we didn’t execute, and that’s the separation of the game,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “Wiles was good and kept them off balance. That was the plan that we had, but he kind of ran out of gas. They're a good team. They separated balls from strikes when they needed to and that's the difference.”
Oklahoma struck first on an RBI groundout in the second inning by shortstop Brandon Zaragoza. First baseman Tyler Hardman, who scored on the play, started the inning with a one-out single and finished the game with a pair of hits. Left fielder Jordan Vujovich, who went 2-for-3 in the game, followed the base hit with a double.
Right fielder Diego Muniz hit a leadoff home run in the third inning to make it 2-0, Sooners. The laser over the left field wall was his second homer of the season.
TCU tied the game in the sixth with four straight singles, including RBI hits by second baseman Austin Henry and center fielder Johnny Rizer. In the seventh, first baseman Jake Guenther hit a two-run single to give the Frogs a 4-2 lead.
Sunday is Kids Day, and after the game kids are able to run the bases and play catch on the field. Gates and the Mitchell Park ticket office open at 11:30 a.m.