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OU Baseball splits series opening double header with Mizzou

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Well they may have split the double header, but they still have not solved their hitting woes.  The Sooners won the opener 3-1 behind yet another stellar pitching performance from ace Michael Rocha, but the bats went silent once again in the night cap as OU fell 2-1 in extra innings.

In the first game, Rocha was his usual dominant self going eight innings, allowing only seven hits, with five strikeouts, and only one walk.  The Sooners would get their first run in the third on a Cam Seitzer fielder's choice, then add two more in the seventh on a Cody Reine RBI double and Garrett Buechele ground out.  Mizzou would get their only run of the game in the bottom half of the ninth as OU closer Ryan Duke would make things interesting, but eventually get the save to add to his OU record.

In the night cap, the OU bats would struggle again and rack up disturbingly high strikeout totals (nine total).  OU would grab the lead in the fourth off an Eisenberg RBI single, but Mizzou would quickly equalize in the bottom half of the fifth courtesy of multiple Bobby Shore walks/HBPs.  It would remain tied 1-1 until the bottom of the eleventh when Mizzou would get the game winner after a two out triple, followed by a single through the right side on a drawn in Sooners infield.

The Sooners go for a VERY much needed series win either today or tomorrow.  The game time/date have not been set as of this writing due to inclement weather in the Columbia area.  One thing is for sure, no matter when the game is played the OU bats need to wake up really soon.  Maybe we need to sacrifice a live chicken?