Sooner Baseball Downs #24 TCU In Non-Conference Game

Rich DeCray SBN

Oklahoma's baseball game against TCU counted for the regular season standings but did nothing for their conference race other than provide a little confidence. The Horned Frogs came into Norman with a national ranking of #24 but  couldn't overcome Oklahoma's bats.

Tuesday's Big XII Baseball Scores

Oklahoma

9

TCU

5

Norman, Okla.

New Mexico

6

Kansas

3

Albuquerque, N.M.

Texas

5

Dallas Baptist

0

Austin, Texas

Kansas State

17

Air Force

2

Manhattan, Kan.

Baylor

9

Houston Baptist

3

Waco, Texas

Missouri State

0

Oklahoma State

6

Springfield, Mo.

Texas Tech

Stephen F. Austin

Lubbock, Texas

The Sooners struggled early with starter Connor Buchmann getting replaced before the first inning expired. Robert Tasin took the mound, with the bases loaded and trailing 1-0, and immediately got the out Oklahoma desperately needed to escape TCU's scoring threat. Tasin went on to throw for the next four innings, allowing two runs while also striking out four TCU batters.

Oklahoma got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Hunter Haley scored on a Sheldon Neuse double down the right field line. The two teams would swap runs though the next few innings, resulting in the game being tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the fifth and that's when Oklahoma went to work!

Hector Lorenzana and Craig Aikin led off Oklahoma's half of the innings with back-to-back singles and then Lorenzana was driven in off a Hunter Haley double. Two batters later Niko Buentello singled to the right side, scoring Aikin, and then Haley scored on a passed ball. Buentello would score Oklahoma's final run of the inning, off a Taylor Alspaugh sacrifice, to establish a controlling 7-3 Oklahoma lead.

The Sooners added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to boost their lead to 9-3 and then cruised through the final three frames to a 9-5 win.

Oklahoma's nine runs came off twelve hits but the Sooners also committed a season high five errors in the game. Aikin, Haley, Neuse, and Lorenzana each recorded two hits in the game while seven OU batters recorded an RBI. Tuesday's win over TCU was the first time Oklahoma has beaten a ranked opponent this season.

Oklahoma is back in action again on Wednesday night when they host Arkansas-Little Rock.

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