After dropping a series at West Virginia, the Oklahoma Sooners (22-8) dropped their midweek game to Oral Roberts (14-12) in extra innings. The 4-2 loss was OU’s fourth defeat in its last five outings.
Freshman Ben Abram got the start for the OU and put forth a fantastic performance. The Canadian went 7.0 innings, allowing three hits and a run while striking out a career-high nine batters. Additionally, he retired the final 16 hitters he faced. Zach Matthews (2.0 IP, H, ER, 4K), Ledgend Smith (0.0 IP, H), Jason Ruffcorn (1.2 IP, 3H, 2 ER, K) and Wyatt Olds (0.1 IP) did the rest of the work on the mound in OU’s loss.
At the plate, OU was only able to muster up five hits, with Brendan Zaragoza, Brylie Ware (RBI double), Justin Mitchell, Tanner Tredaway and Brady Harlan recording one apiece. In total, Oklahoma went 0-13 with runners in scoring position and has stranded 49 total runners over the past four games.
Defensively, freshman Milan Walla provided the highlight of the night.
Oklahoma opened the scoring on the bottom of the first when Ware’s hard-hit double down the line in left was enough to plate Zaragoza from first. However, the Sooners stranded a pair of runners in scoring position.
ORU responded emphatically with Riley Keizor’s solo home run to tie things up in the top of the second.
OU was able to get something going in the bottom of the third, as Diego Muniz and Zaragoza drew walks to open the frame. Mitchell then reached base on an HBP, leaving the bases loaded with one out for Tyler Hardman. The sophomore first baseman was able to bring Muniz home with a deep sacrifice fly to left-center, giving OU a 2-1 lead.
With two outs in the top of the eighth, ORU responded with another solo shot to tie it -- this time courtesy of Blake Hall. Prior to the homer, OU pitching had retired 18 consecutive batters.
ORU finally broke the deadlock in the top of the 11th with RBI singles from Isaac Coffee and Hunter Swift. The Sooners were able to get two runners in scoring position in the bottom half, but Ware went down swinging to end the game.
Oklahoma will host TCU for a three-game Big 12 series this coming weekend, with Friday’s first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.