Oklahoma saw its seven game winning streak snapped on Saturday but was still able to win a third consecutive series with a three games to one advantage over Illinois State.
The Sooners plated runs in the second, sixth, and eighth innings to win Saturday’s opener by a final score of 3-2. Tanner Tredaway went 2-for-4 from the plate and Peyton Graham was 2-for-3 to boost the offense. Graham scored the first run of the game and, after a Tyler Hardman homer in the sixth, Tredaway scored the winning run off a Graham fly out to right field.
Aaron Brooks picked up his first win of the season (1-0) after relieving Levi Prater in the seventh. He struck out four batters in one and two thirds innings of no-hit work.
The Redbirds got the best of the Sooners in the finale of the four game series after Oklahoma had taken the first three games.
A grand slam home run from the Redbirds Joe Butler, and a solo shot from Braedon Blackford, in the top of the third inning set the tone for Illinois State’s 7-5 win. OU added three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to pull within 5-4 but Illinois State wasn’t finished. They added two more runs in the top of the eighth building an insurmountable lead.
Dane Acker was responsible for the loss after giving up five runs, off six hits, through seven innings.
The Sooners are heading to Houston next for the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic next weekend. They’ll face Arkansas, Missouri, and LSU on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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