The Oklahoma Sooners left stranded 10 runners on Tueday night — including several runners in scoring position — and fell short by a score of 4-3 to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater.
Final: No. 16 Oklahoma State 4, No. 10 Oklahoma 3. Sooners get the tying run to third in the ninth.— Oklahoma Baseball (@OU_Baseball) March 22, 2017
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The Sooners trailed 4-1 heading into the 6th, but the OU bats started to get hot in that inning as Brylie Ware, Steele Walker and Renae Martinez loaded the bases with a trio of singles. Brady Lindsly the had an OUTSTANDING at bat, drawing a bases-loaded, nine-pitch walk to make it 4-2. However, Kyle Mendenhall grounded into a one-out double play to end the inning.
The Sooners threatened again in the 7th after Ben Hollas reached second base on a two out error. Jack Flansburg then singled to put runners at the corners, but the Sooners came up empty after Ware grounded out the third baseman.
Walker opened the 8th with a standup triple to right-center to put the Sooners in good shape. He would then come home on a somewhat questionable balk call to make it 4-3.
In the 9th, Brandon Zaragoza opened the inning with a single up the middle, and it looked like OU was destined to complete the comeback. However, Pete Hughes chose to advance Zaragoza on a sac bunt for the first out. He’d then advance to third base on a one-pitch groundout by Flansburg, which let doubt creep back into the minds of Sooner fans. Ware would then down looking to end the game in very disappointing fashion.
The Sooners fell to 21-4 on the season with Tuesday night’s loss, and they’ll officially begin conference play on Friday at 6:35 p.m. CT against the Baylor Bears in Waco.