March 25, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Cody Reine drove in the decisive run in the seventh inning off his second double of the game and Michael Rocha (6-0) was dominant again on the mound as No. 7 Oklahoma won 3-1 over Missouri in game one of Friday’s doubleheader.
The win improved Oklahoma to 18-5 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play, while Missouri dropped to 11-12 during its first conference game of 2011.
Game time temperature in Columbia was around 35 degrees but Rocha did not cool down after his last solid outing versus then-No. 11 Texas A&M. The senior captain followed up last Friday’s 8 2/3 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts with eight more innings versus the Tigers on Friday.
Rocha, who entered Friday tied for the national lead in wins, struck out five batters and walked one before being relieved in the ninth inning by Ryan Duke.
Duke pitched into a bases loaded situation after inheriting one base runner from Rocha, but struck out three batters to record his second save of the season and program-best 30th of his career. The run ended Rocha’s 20 straight innings without allowing a run dating back to his start on March 11 versus Arkansas-Little Rock.
The Sooners plated the game’s first run Cameron Seitzer’s fielder’s choice in the third. The force out allowed Reine to score after he doubled for the first of two times in Friday.
In the seventh, Reine doubled in pinch runner Chris Ellison and later scored on Garrett Buechele’s single. That was all Rocha needed as he also received a season-high three double plays from the Sooner defense.
Missouri starter Rob Zastryzny (2-2) tossed eight solid innings but allowed three unearned runs off two Tiger errors. Zastryzny also struck out eight batters and gave up six hits.
Game two is underway and can be heard on the Sooners’ flagship station, KREF 1400 AM, with Chuck Kelly calling the action.
The series schedule was changed to a doubleheader on Friday with the threat of inclement weather on Saturday.