Finding themselves paired against the ORU Golden Eagles for the second time this season, the Oklahoma Sooners took to the road. Hoping to secure a second consecutive win after dropping a conference series over the weekend, Pete Hughes’ squad took to the diamond. Taking a third inning lead, all runs would be scored over a three inning span.
Loading the bases after being hit by a pitch, Jack Flansburg and the rest of the team eyed their first real scoring opportunity. Staring at a single out on the board, the coaching staff waited for an opening. When a wild pitch passed by the catcher, the window opened as the coaching staff sent Ben Hollas to the races. Safely crossing home plate, Oklahoma took control.
Moments later while still in the third inning, Steele Walker drew another walk. The presence of mind at the plate once again loaded the bases. However, a strikeout followed by a ground out squashed any momentum.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Golden Eagles’ Nick Roark knocked a lead-off single to get the ball rolling offensively. A walk moved Roark into scoring position with no outs. While Matt Whatley lined out, Noah Cummings cracked a double to send two runners toward home plate. Successfully touching home, the Golden Eagles took a 2-1 lead with two outs left to be played in the inning.
Capitalizing on each chance, a wild pitch moved Cummings over to third. Just 90 feet separated the outfielder from an insurance run. Two batters later and a fielding error on a bunt led ORU to a 3-1 advantage.
In the fifth frame, the possibility of forcing the issue manifested itself. Ben Hollas reached on a lead-off single and was caught stealing second moments later. Drawing two consecutive walks, Brandon Zaragoza and Flansburg stood on base. Could it have been a loaded bases situation? Of course, but hindsight is 20/20!
Regardless, a single from Walker scored Zaragoza bringing the margin to 3-2 and pushed Flansburg to second. With the direction of the coaching staff, Flansburg attempted to even the score at three a piece on an Austin O’Brien hit fielded by the infield. Sprinting towards home plate, Flansburg was thrown out at home while O’Brien reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Sooners remain out of conference with a trip to Ann Arbor to face Michigan this weekend.