The Oklahoma Sooners quickly found themselves trailing by five on the road in a non-conference tilt against the Oklahoma State Cowboys after two innings. In what looked appeared to be a hopeless situation, Skip Johnson’s program utilized a ‘one pitch at a time’ mentality. Displaying patience at the plate, the offense would soon reap the benefits.
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In the top of the fourth inning, a homerun from Conor McKenna over the left field wall breathed life into the rest of the dugout. Behind a single swing of the bat, McKenna cut the deficit to 5-2 while scoring Tyler Hardman from second. Despite the excitement, Oklahoma failed to score another run, a trend that continued through the following three innings.
However, during the eighth frame Brandon Zaragoza drew the walk setting the tone. Following suit, Brylie Ware singled through the left side advancing the base runners. With no outs and two on, Hardman stepped up to plate. Staring down the pitcher, the infielder swung and connected with the ball. Zipping toward left center field, Hardman secured a double allowing Zaragoza to score from second and Ware to score on an error.
Continuing the string of success, Cade Cavalli reached base on an error shortly afterward. Putting two runners back on base with no outs, the tides clearly turned as Oklahoma would plate one more run before the close of the inning. Behind the three run spurt, the Sooners tied the game at 5-5.
Heading into the ninth, the score remained knotted up a five a piece. Failing to muster any offense in the final frame, OU needed a strong defensive outing. Yet, a timely stolen base followed by a single allowed the Cowboys to claim the win 6-5.
The loss falls on Zack Matthews who allowed one run on one hit in a single inning of work.