ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 10 University of Oklahoma baseball team suffered its first sweep in nearly a year at the hands of No. 13 Michigan with a 6-2 loss at Ray Fisher Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Sooners, who have lost four in a row, fell to 27-12, while the Wolverines improved to 29-7.
In its fourth series against a ranked opponent this season, OU was without its ace, top two relievers and starting second baseman due to injuries.
For the second day in a row, Oklahoma struck first. Sophomore left fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) hit a leadoff-single to center and scored on a base hit to center by freshman catcher Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas).
Michigan would tie the game in the bottom of the third as right fielder Jonathan Engelmann hit a leadoff-single up the middle and catcher Hunter Wenson walked to set the table. Second baseman Ako Thoams singled to load the bases and center fielder Johnny Slater lifted a sacrifice-fly to left to bring in Engelmann with the tying run.
Sophomore right-hander Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) made his first start on the bump for the Sooners since March 4. He threw five innings on one-run ball and gave up just the one run on three hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Oklahoma turned the game over to the bullpen in the sixth with the score tied, 1-1. Freshman lefty Braidyn Fink (Moore, Okla.) ran into trouble immediately with a leadoff-double by Slater and a single from shortstop Michael Brdar, who advanced to second on a throw home, which prevented Slater from scoring the go-ahead run. A strikeout and an intentional-walk loaded the bases with one out. The Wolverines took the lead on a hit batsmen and added to it with a walk. Engelmann then broke the game open with a two-run single to right. In all, Michigan plated five runs on three hits in the inning. Fink (1-1) took the first loss of his OU career.
Right-hander Alec Rennard (5-1) pitched six innings of one-run ball to get the win for the Wolverines. He allowed just one run on two hits, all in the second, with two walks and four strikeouts.
Walker and Lindsly teamed up once more to score the Sooners’ second run of the game. Walker laced a leadoff-single to right in the seventh and came in on a Lindsly double into the right field corner.
Oklahoma finishes an eight-game road swing on Tuesday, April 18 at Dallas Baptist.