The road hasn't been gentle to Oklahoma's baseball team this season but that changed on Tuesday night when the Sooners picked up a much needed road win at Fresno State. The Bulldogs played host to OU on Tuesday night, in what was the first of ten consecutive road games for the Sooners, and fell 3-2 in Oklahoma's second consecutive mid-week pitcher's duel.
Fresno State took an early first inning lead, when Ryan Dobson crossed home plate on a passed ball, but the Sooners responded in the top of the second when Steele Walker lifted a Edgar Gonzalez pitch over the right field wall for the first home run of his Sooner career. Fresno State regained the lead an inning later when another Oklahoma error allowed Dobson to score his second run of the night. Oklahoma has struggled in responding after opponents score this season but that wasn't the case Tuesday night. In the next frame Austin O'Brien tied the game back up, at 2-2, with an RBI single to center that scored Jack Flansburg.
The Sooners took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth when Alex Wise scored Domenic DeRenzo with a single up the middle and then turned to their bullpen to hold Fresno State at bay. Freshman Ryan Madden picked up the first win of his career after coming out of the pen to throw three scoreless innings. He was relieved by JB Olson who picked up his second save by facing the minimum of six batters over the final two innings.
Oklahoma, now 6-9-1, continues their road trip this weekend for a four-game series against Cal State Bakersfield that begins on Thursday..