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College Baseball Thread | West Virginia At Oklahoma

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Sooners Drop Series To WVU 9-5 In Rubber Match

In a series deciding game, the Oklahoma Sooners took control early behind back to back homeruns. The first came by way of a Mac James two run blast and was quick followed by a Hunter Haley solo shot on the next pitch. It marks the second time OU has hit back to back homers this season (the first coming against Seton Hall on February 15th). Both HRs came with two outs on the board.

While their opponent, the West Virginia Mountaineers, have been successful offensively all season, the liability has been the bullpen. Attempting to get the WVU coaching staff to dip into the bullpen early, Niko Buentello added a fourth run in the second off a Craig Aikin single before a double play ended the inning. Leading 4-0 heading into the third, Oklahoma looked to be in control of this game and series.

Making a bid to score in the top of the third, the Mountaineers were cut short as Haley gunned down Taylor Munden at the plate.

Jacob Evans threw some of his best stuff to date holding the bats of the Mountaineers at bay for nearly six innings. As the pitch count went up, it became apparent Evans was tiring. Facing eight batters toward the end of his day, Evans gave up six hits including a three run blast by Cameron O'Brien as WVU pulled to within one run.

Throwing a career high 5.2 innings with 4Ks, Evans did enough to help the Sooners to a 4-3 lead after six innings. However, the fun was just getting started for the Mountaineers. After putting Kindle Ladd and Ralph Garza Jr. on the mound, Oklahoma surrendered six additional runs for a total of nine, all unanswered.

Needless to say, the rhythm of the game had been disrupted while OU lost all momentum. Poor base running became the theme en route to a series loss. Oklahoma was able to add one run in the ninth after Austin O'Brien doubled as the lead-off hitter. A sac-fly by Colbey Carpenter brought O'Brien in before the rally was cut short.

Final from Norman, 9-5 West Virginia. The Sooners will return to action at home against  UT-Arlington on Tuesday.

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Sooners & Mountaineers Baseball Rubber-Match Game

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West Virginia (18-16, 3-7) vs. Oklahoma (25-15, 5-6)

Location:

Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)

Radio:

KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM / 98.5 FM
Toby Rowland
Chris Plank

TV:

FOX Sports Oklahoma

Live Stats:

SoonerSports.com

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Sooners Even Series On Mac James Two-Run Blast

Just like the old westerns, the Sooners and Mountaineers will settle their score once and for all on the high plains at Noon on Saturday. Less than twenty-four hours after being shutout in the series opener, Oklahoma evened the series with a 5-3 win on Friday.

West Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Jacob Rice scored on a Brad Johnson sacrifice grounder to second base. Unlike Thursday night, the Sooners would have an answer this time in the form of Craig Aikin. He delivered a two-out triple in the bottom of the second scored Josh Ake, who had doubled in the previous at bat, and then came home to give OU a 3-2 lead when Taylor Alspaugh singled through the right side in the next at bat.

The Mountaineers would tie the game up, 2-2, and it would stay that way until the fifth when Mac James scored Sheldon Neuse on a sacrifice fly to center field. That wouldn't be the last we hear from James though.

With the game once again tied up, 3-3 this time, James stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 8th with Neuse already on first after a lead-off single. Facing an 0-1 pitch, he lifted the ball over the left field wall for a two-run blast to put Oklahoma up by the final score of 5-3.

"That was big. That's what you want from your four-hole hitter in the bottom of the eighth," Coach Hughes said about Mac James who is potentially setting himself up for Big Twelve weekly award with his play this weekend. After making a put out at home plate and thrown out three base runners trying to steal second on Thursday, James made his presence known on the offensive side Friday.

Adam Choplick won't get credit for the win but he sure was instrumental. The 6-8 sophomore fanned six West Virginia batters and gave up three runs over his career-high seven innings pitched. After the struggles Oklahoma's starting pitching faced in the opener on Thursday night, Choplick's performance was a welcome relief. The Mountaineers scored five runs in the top of the first on Thursday but were held to just three runs total on Friday.

The win also ended a four-game conference losing streak that started a week ago when they were swept by the Texas Longhorns.

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West Virginia at OU Baseball Game II Thread

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West Virginia (18-15, 3-6) at Oklahoma (24-15, 4-6)

Location:

Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)

Radio:

KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM / 98.5 FM
Toby Rowland
Chris Plank

TV:

FOX College Sports-Central

Live Stats:

SoonerSports.com

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OU Baseball Sound Bytes | James & Hughes Talk Loss

Click the play button to listen to the post game interviews

One of the bright spots in Oklahoma's loss to West Virginia on Thursday night was Mac James gunning down three West Virginia runners as the attempted to steal second base. The Mountaineers are one of the best teams in the nation when it comes to stealing bags and James completely shut them down on Thursday.

After the game James and Coach Hughes spent some time talking about the frustration of the loss, the great pitching performance of WVU's John Means, and the next couple of games in the series.

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Sooners Blanked In Game One vs. West Virginia

The Sooners dug themselves into a deep hole in the top of the first inning and never recovered. West Virginia's first three batters teeing off on starter Corey Copping. The Mountaineers would record six hits in the inning and plate five runs to put Oklahoma in a massive deficit for the second conference series opener in a row.

The Sooners sputtered with just three hits over the first five innings and were unable to close the gap. Meanwhile Copping rebounded from a bad start to go seven strong innings on the mound. It equaled a career high for him in innings pitched and while he struck out six, he was also responsible for six runs scored.

West Virginia added that sixth run in the sixth inning when Jackson Cramer knocked in Jacob Rice. Alec Hansen came in to pitch the seventh and, after giving up a lead-off double to Ryan McBroom, recoded three consecutive outs.

Four times, through the first eight innings, the Sooners put their lead-off guy on base four times through the first eight innings but were never able to move them around.

West Virginia tacked on one more run in the top of the ninth when Taylor Munden scored on an infield single to push the advantage to 7-0.

It was the second time the Sooners have been shutout in conference play and the fourth time this season overall. "We've got to be careful and can't let game one beat us twice," Coach Hughes said after the game. "I know we're all frustrated and aggravated but we don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves we've got a pretty good arm, the Big Twelve Pitcher of the Year coming at us tomorrow."

While it will be Harrison Musgrave (3-2, 1.73 ERA) the Sooners face in game two, it was John Means who kept them at bay in game one. "You've gotta tip your cap to that kind of guy," Oklahoma catcher Mac James said after the game. "He put up eight zeroes in a row and we couldn't get the hang of it. It looked like a good pitch to hit and he beat us." Means threw eight complete innings, giving up seven hits and striking out six to earn his fifth win of the year.

Friday night's loss was Oklahoma's fourth in a row in conference play and it snapped a six-game losing streak for the Mountaineers.

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WVU at OU Baseball Game One Thread

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The Sooners are looking to break a three-game slide in conference play and the Mountaineers are trying to break a six-game Big XII losing streak. Important weekend for both schools!

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