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Sooners Fall Below .500 With 4-3 To Washington State

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Rich DeCray SBN

Oklahoma's trip out west continues to be as the baseball team dropped its second game in as many days. This time the Sooners were victim to the Washington State Cougars who were able to build an early lead and then fend off OU attacks.

Three of WSU's four runs came in the first inning when the Cougars sent six batters to the plate. Robert Tasin, who ultimately was rung up for the loss, settled down after that but the damage had already been done. Tasin threw into the third inning before giving way to Adam Choplick who ended up going a team high 4.1 innings. Both Tasin and Choplick struck out four batters each but Choplick also walked five batters while WSU pitchers gave up none.

The Sooners got their first hit in the third when Chris Shaw led off with a single to left field. Oklahoma's first two runs came in the next inning Craig Aikin and Sheldon Neuse crossed home plate. OU then made it interesting in the ninth when they pushed across Quin Walbergh who was running for Anthony Hermelyn. The ninth inning run left OU one shy of tying the game thanks to Washington State's Daniel Fredrickson who scored the deciding run in the seventh inning.

Oklahoma outhit Washington State by a margin of 8-6 but came up shy in the stat that matters most, Kolby Carpenter was the only Sooner to record more than one hit in the game by going 2-for-4.

OU now stands at 3-4 on the season and will play against Washington on Friday afternoon at 2:00.


* For the first time this season Oklahoma repeated a starting lineup

* Kolby Carpenter recorded his fourth multi-hit game this season

* Washington State is 9-5 all-time against OU in baseball