All good things must come to an end, and that's what happened for the Sooners in Tulsa on Tuesday night as their six-game winning streak came to a screeching halt with a 5-0 loss to Oral Roberts.
ORU broke open a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore Matt Whatley tripled off the left-center field wall to score Nick Roark. Brent Williams then knocked in Whatley on a single and a throwing error from Austin Hansen scored two more to turn what had been a pitcher's duel into a comfortable 4-0 lead for the Golden Eagles.
Pete Hughes turned to JB Olson to stop the bleeding and the junior delivered but the damage was done by that point.
Whatley delivered again in the bottom of the seventh when he hit a 1-out double off freshman pitcher Ryan Madden. A single by Rolando Martinez put runners on the corners for ORU and the Golden Eagles were primed for another big inning but a double-play ball, hit by Brent Williams, allowed the Sooners to escape the inning.
The Golden Eagles finally added another run to their lead in the bottom of the eighth when Trevin Sonnier scored off a Chase Stafford double.
Oklahoma's bullpen became a revolving door as Hughes would put a total of nine pitchers on the mound. Senior Keaton Hernandez threw three shutout innings with Kenny Saenz and Connor Berry combining to throw two more. The struggles started with Shawn Hunter who was responsible for ORU's first three runs. Austin Hansen and Alex Daniele each gave up a single run as well.
Oklahoma's Alex Wise extended his hit streak to eleven games with a single in the 9th. The Sooners recorded eight hits on the night but couldn't get runners around the bases, eventually leaving a total of eight runners stranded.
The big question from Tuesday night is how much confidence from Oklahoma's six game winning streak does their first shutout loss of the season absorb? The Sooners continue their road trip this weekend with a trip to Lubbock, Texas to open Big 12 Conference play against Texas Tech.