Baseball Falls Short at Oral Roberts
TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma baseball team loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but ultimately came up short at Oral Roberts, 3-2, Tuesday evening at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
The Sooners (25-13) scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 3-2 after the Golden Eagles (17-17) scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings.
Right fielder Diego Muniz, who collected two hits in the game, doubled to start the ninth. After third baseman Brylie Ware was hit by a pitch, designated hitter Brady Lindsly singled to center field to load the bases. A strikeout and flyout, however, ended the game.
“I thought it was more of a complete game offensively for us. We squared balls up all night long and hit some right at them,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “(Jaret) Godman came in and did an outstanding job. Our defense made some outstanding plays on some hard-hit balls.
“The last inning was really big. We couldn’t send the runner there (from second on the single), because that guy has the best arm in the outfield. That’s the way the game plays itself out. They battled tonight. That’s the best we’ve played in probably two weeks.”
After threatening in each of the first four innings, Oklahoma broke through with two runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 3-2. Ware led off the inning with a single to right field and scored on a double play. First baseman Tyler Hardman, who walked, then came home on a passed ball.
Oral Roberts scored in the first inning on an RBI single by third baseman Jake McMurray, in the third on a single by left fielder Andrew Pace and in the fourth on a base hit by shortstop Anthony Martinez.
Lindsly went 2-for-4 and second baseman Conor McKenna doubled, as the Sooners tallied nine hits in the game. Freshman Ben Abram (6-1), who started against ORU for the second time in two weeks, pitched 4.1 innings and took his first loss of the season. Freshman Jaret Godman threw the final 3.1 frames allowing just two hits. Trevor McCutchin (1-0) pitched 2.1 innings and earned the win for the Golden Eagles while Spencer Henson got the save.
Oklahoma travels to Minnesota for a non-conference series against the Golden Gophers this weekend. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.