|W - Peters (5-2)||7.0||7||2||2||3||3|
|L - Choplick (3-2)||3.2||7||5||5||2||2|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|UT - Hinojosa||4||1||2||2||1||0|
|OU - O'Brien||4||0||2||0||0||0|
NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 26 University of Oklahoma baseball team dropped its third straight game with a 7-2 loss to No. 7 Texas in front of 4,201 fans at L. Dale Mitchell Park, Saturday afternoon. The attendance was the second highest mark in program history. The Sooners fell to 23-13 overall and evened out at 4-4 in the Big 12, while the Longhorns lifted their record to 28-8 and 8-3.
“We had our opportunities early, with bases loaded and no outs,” began head coach Pete Hughes. “Texas did damage control with only one run and that was huge. The next thing they get second and third, that was the pivotal part of the game, I thought, and the fact that Texas played better offensively with more runners in scoring positions than we did today, that’s the whole reason behind the game.”
Texas pulled away from a 1-1 game with four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. The Longhorns began a one-out rally in the fourth with a walk followed by five consecutive singles. With the bases loaded, designated hitter Madison Carter brought in the go-ahead run with a single through the left side and Texas never looked back. First baseman Kacy Clemens had the big hit in the inning, a two-run single through the right side that pushed the lead to 4-1.
Left-hander Dillon Peters (5-2) pitched seven-strong innings for the Longhorns. He scattered seven hits and three walks, which yielded two runs. For Oklahoma, redshirt-sophomore lefty Adam Choplick (Denton, Texas) went just 3.2 innings as he was hit for five runs on seven hits and two walks. Choplick struck out a pair as he dropped to 3-2.
“In college baseball you really have to keep people off balance, you have to miss that metal bat,” continued Hughes. “I know these bats are weaker, but you do have to miss that thing. The only way to do that, you have to throw something softer at second pitch for a strike. We had trouble all day, especially Chop, staying out of fastball counts. When they hit line drives all day, it doesn’t matter. The ball was in play and they found the right spots, and when the ball is in play good things happen.”
Trailing 1-0, the Sooners had a chance for a big inning in the bottom of the second. A walk and two singles loaded the bases with no outs, but the only run OU could push across came on a ground ball double play hit into by sophomore first baseman Kolbey Carpenter (Waco, Texas).
Oklahoma had a chance to take the lead in the third when senior catcher Dylan Neal (McKinney, Texas) worked a 10-pitch plate appearance into a lead-off walk and sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) dropped a bunt to the third base side of the mound for a single that put two runners on with no outs. Junior second baseman Joshua Ake (Readington, N.J.) sacrificed to put both in scoring position, but that was as far as they would advance.
In the eighth, Ake hit a lead-off double to left-center and scored on the next play as freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) lined a double to the base of the wall in center. The back-to-back doubles were the only extra-base hits of the game.
The series finale will be played Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm. Sophomore left-hander Jacob Evans (Broken Arrow, Okla.) gets the nod for the Sooners, replacing regular Sunday starter right-hander Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas), who has been sidelined as a precautionary measure. The game will be televised on ESPNU with OU alum Dari Nowkhah calling the play-by-play.