NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 30 University of Oklahoma baseball team had a five-game winning streak snapped in an 11-2 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock at L. Dale Mitchell Park, Wednesday evening. The Sooners fell to 16-6 overall, while the Trojans lifted their record to 10-8.
The OU offense totaled just five hits on the night as right-hander Chad Bradford (2-0) pitched 6.2 innings in the start for UALR. He allowed just two runs, one earned, on four hits and five walks to go with two strikeouts. The Trojans’ bats produced 13 hits, scoring 11 runs, tied for the most given up by the Sooners this season.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes you get your butt handed to you," said head coach Pete Hughes. "That’s what happened tonight. Those guys did a great job. They took it to us. They got some big hits.”
Freshman right-hander Alec Hansen (Loveland, Colo.) made his first career start. He struck out two in the first and two more in the second, but ran into trouble in the third. Hansen (0-1) pitched 2.1 innings and allowed five runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter. UALR pushed across five runs in the third on just three hits and left the bases loaded.
The Trojans continued to pound out runs against the Oklahoma bullpen with two in the fifth and four in the sixth. Four players recorded a multi-hit day led by designated hitter Joseph Paulino who scored twice and drove in two runs on a 3-for-3 night with the team’s only extra-base hit on a double. Third baseman Ben Crumpton drove in three runs and went 2-for-5.
Freshman right fielder Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas) made his first career start for the Sooners and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Sophomore catcher Anthony Hermelyn (McKinney, Texas) went 1-for-3 to extend his season-best hitting streak to nine games.
“I like our team a lot. This is baseball. This doesn’t happen in any other sport than baseball. I really like our team. I like our bullpen, I like our nucleus and I like our offense. You’re never going to hit every single game or teams would hit .800 or .900. Ya, I like our team. We have a long way to go, but I like our guys.”
Oklahoma remains at home this weekend as it opens Big 12 play with a three-game series against Kansas State. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 6:00 pm.
· Oklahoma is 12-3 at home this season.
· The Sooners allowed double-digit runs for just the second time this season. OU previously gave up 11 to Rutgers in a win on March 7.
· Hermelyn joined Mac James as the only two Sooners to have a hitting streak of nine games this season.
· Austin O’Brien is 2-for-5 in pinch-hitting chances this season.
· Oklahoma’s five hits were the lowest since banging out just three against Ohio State on February 23.