Baseball Eliminated by Familiar Foe
|W - Perrin (6-4)||6.0||7||1||1||1||4|
|L - Copping (4-1)||4.0||1||2||2||3||3|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|OSU - Williams||4||2||3||2||0||0|
|OU - Alspaugh||4||0||2||1||0||0|
|OSU - Walton||4||2||2||0||0||0|
TULSA, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team was eliminated from the Big 12 Championship by No. 11 and second-seeded Oklahoma State, 5-1, in front of 6,431 at ONEOK Field on Saturday afternoon. The three-seed Sooners finished the regular season 34-27.
“The story of the game was big hits,” commented head coach Pete Hughes. “Credit Oklahoma State, they had some big ones. They were very opportunistic today. They're a solid team. Congratulations to Oklahoma State, but I feel sorry for our guys. We've got a good group of kids who play the game the right way.”
Junior right-hander Corey Copping (Temple City, Calif.) made the start for OU and lasted four innings. The Cowboys (37-17) got to him for two runs in the top of the second. First baseman Dustin Williams smacked a lead-off double down the right field line and back-to-back, one-out walks loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Williams and a RBI-groundout by catcher Bryan Case brought in a second.
Right-hander Jon Perrin (6-4) scattered seven hits over six innings of work. He allowed a single in each of the first four innings, but faced just one over the minimum with a double play and two caught base stealers behind him. Perrin surrendered just one run, walked one and struck out four.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Sooners began to string together a few hits. Senior third baseman Joshua Ake (Readington, N.J.) singled with one out for his second knock of the day. Junior center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) followed with a single on a hit-and-run that put runners on the corners. Redshirt-senior right fielder Taylor Alspaugh (Broken Arrow, Okla.) then drove in Ake with a line-drive single to left. Perrin buckled in and retired the next two to leave two runners on base.
Oklahoma State tacked on two more runs in the eighth. Williams collected his third extra-base hit, a one-out, RBI-triple and scored on a single by pinch-hitter Kevin Bradley. Williams finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in. Shortstop Donnie Walton added a 2-for-4 day.
Oklahoma out-hit the opposition in all four games in the tournament and out-hit OSU, 8-6. Aikin and Alspaugh each went 2-for-4, while Ake went 2-for-3.
Copping (4-1) took his first loss of the season as he allowed just one run, but walked three and struck out four, yielding two runs. Junior right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. (New Braunfels, Texas) added four innings of relief. He struck out five and gave up three runs on five hits.