No. 18 Oklahoma Falls in Bedlam Finale
TULSA, Okla. – The No. 18 Oklahoma baseball team fell to No. 17 Oklahoma State, 9-2, in the series finale before 5,592 fans at ONEOK Field on Sunday.
The Sooners dropped to 28-18 overall and 10-8 in conference play, while the Cowboys improved to 27-14-1 and 15-3 in the Big 12.
With runners on the corners in the top of the second, OU jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Cowboy right-hander Jonathan Heasley. Kyle Mendenhall’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Brady Lindsly, who opened the frame with leadoff walk, to put the Sooners in front.
Oklahoma State answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Trevor Boone’s RBI double off the left field wall allowed Christian Funk to score from first base to tie the game. After an infield single put runners at the corners, Mendenhall made a diving stop up the middle to turn a double play for the Sooners, but Boone was able to score to give OSU a 2-1 advantage.
In the third, OSU’s Collin Simpson drove in a run with an infield single and Jon Littell followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to push the Cowboys’ lead to 4-1 against OU right-hander Nathan Wiles.
OU cut the deficit down to 4-2 in the top of the fifth as Brandon Zaragoza’s RBI single to right center plated Justin Mitchell, who reached on a single and recorded his first stolen base of his career to get into scoring position.
But that was as close as the Sooners would get as Boone’s sixth-inning solo home run along with a three-run seventh inning allowed the Cowboys to put the game out of reach.
Wiles (4-3) suffered the loss for Oklahoma in a five-inning start. The sophomore surrendered four runs on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Heasley (3-3) earned the win for Oklahoma State, pitching five innings. Heasley allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out six.
Mitchell led the Sooners with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, scoring a run and picking up first career stolen base. Zargoza finished 1-for-4 with a RBI, while Steele Walker doubled and was 1-for-3. Kyler Murray and Mendenhall each added one hit apiece.
Oklahoma returns to action on Friday as it opens a three-game series with Kansas State. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CT from L. Dale Mitchell Park.