Entering Saturday with the opportunity to claim a series win on the road, the Oklahoma Sooners opted to throw RHP Nathan Wiles. Previously sporting a unblemished record on the mound, the junior quickly found himself in a small hole. Allowing the West Virginia Mountaineers to take a slight 1-0 margin after the first frame was simply an indicator of things to come.
Suffering a similar fate from the bump, Wiles witnessed two more opposing runners cross the plate during the third and fourth innings. As the deficit facing the Sooners ballooned to 3-0, the offense failed to relieve the pressure sitting firmly on the shoulders of the pitching staff. That was until the fifth rolled around.
Cutting into the lead, Brylie Ware sent the ball over the fence for a solo homerun and Oklahoma’s first score of the game. Breathing life into the bats, momentum shifted drastically from one side of the field to the other.
— Oklahoma Baseball (@OU_Baseball) March 30, 2019
Following suit, an RBI groundout scored Cade Cavalli in the sixth inning as the Sooners surged back into the game. Up next, Brandon Zaragoza flashed a bit of speed by beating the throw to first. Reaching safely, the hit pushed Brady Harlan home effectively tying the score at 3-3. However, that’s about all OU mustered on the scoreboard before the opponent posted an 8-run frame.
Surrendering eight runs in a single inning left Oklahoma without an answer as Wiles suffered his first loss of the year. Tossing 6.2 innings the righty allowed earned four runs on eight hits. Now, the two meet on Sunday in a rubber match to decide the series.