The Oklahoma Sooners started their 2017 baseball campaign with a win over 17th ranked Long Beach State on Friday but failed to wrap up the series on Saturday, falling to the Dirt Bags by a final of 8-3.
The two teams played to somewhat of a pitcher’s duel through the first six innings but Long Beach State blew it open in the seventh, putting the game out of reach.
The Sooners got the scoring started in the bottom of the second when freshman Brandon Zaragoza knocked in the game’s first run with an RBI-single. Long Beach State tied the game in the top of the fifth but Oklahoma immediately answered in the bottom half of the frame when Jack Flansburgh knocked in Kyle Mendenhall with an RBI-Single to right-center field.
After tying the game again in the top of the sixth, the Dirt Bags exploded in the seventh by sending all nine batters to the plate. Taking advantage of the Sooners botching a possible double-play ball, the Dirt Bags scored six runs on four hits.
Junior Austin Kerns was tabbed with the loss after allowing five of the six runs in the seventh inning. Sophomore Dylan Grove struck out a career-high seven batters in his first start of the season and left the game in the seventh with a no decision.
Oklahoma and Long Beach State will wrap up their series on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 11:00 AM.