Baseball Falls Short in Bedlam Finale
NORMAN – The Oklahoma baseball team dropped a back-and-forth series finale to No. 16 Oklahoma State 10-7 Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park in the first Bedlam conference game played in Norman since 1992.
The Sooners (31-20, 9-12 Big 12) led 4-1 after three innings and regained the lead at 6-5 in the fifth, but could not overcome the five runs scored in the last two innings by the Cowboys (30-17, 12-9 Big 12). OU mounted a rally in the ninth inning by loading the bases and scoring a run, but came up short.
Left fielder Jordan Vujovich went 2-for-3 with his first career home run, designated hitter Brady Lindsly went 2-for-4 and scored twice and shortstop Brandon Zaragoza doubled home two runs. Freshman Ben Abram (6-3) took the loss in relief while Jake Lyons (4-2) earned the win and Ben Leeper got the save.
The Sooners took a quick lead in the first inning when Vujovich and center fielder Tanner Tredaway reached on a walk and base hit, and first baseman Tyler Hardman scored Vujovich with an RBI groundout. A solo home run in the top of the second by right fielder Cade Cabbiness tied the game 1-1.
OU sprinted out to a 4-1 lead with three runs in the third inning, started by Vujovich’s leadoff home run. Tredaway and Lindsly followed with consecutive singles before Mitchell plated a run with a fielder’s choice and Ware singled in a run. OSU tied it in the fourth with a run-scoring double play and RBI singles by first baseman Alix Garcia and third baseman Christian Funk.
After the Cowboys took a 5-4 lead in the fifth on a single by Garcia, Oklahoma responded with two runs in the bottom half to regain the advantage, 6-5. Lindsly hit a one-out double then Mitchell and Ware reached on free passes with two outs, setting up Zaragoza’s two-run double laced just inside the right field line. A four-run eighth that included a three-run home run by Bryce Carter and a solo home run in the ninth by left fielder Carson McCusker gave OSU a 10-6 lead.
The Sooners loaded the bases in the ninth on a hit batter and two walks. Hardman drove a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right field to score Vujovich and cut it to 10-7. A two-out walk to Ware loaded the bases again, but a pop out ended the OU rally. Ware finished his Senior Day game 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.
OU honored Ware and fellow seniors Blake Brewster and Ryan Madden in an on-field ceremony prior to the game.
The Sooners close out the regular season next weekend at Texas. Games are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.