The Oklahoma Sooners (23-10, 5-4) once again faced a Big 12 rubber match, but the team dropped its Sunday game for the second time in as many weeks — this time to TCU (20-10, 5-4) by a score of 6-4.
Levi Prater (5-3) got the start for the Sooners, but it took him a bit of time to truly settle in on the mound. After walking a pair of batter in the top of the first, TCU’s Rizer sent his pitch down the line in left for a three-run homer, putting OU in an early hole. Prater would go on to allow one more earned run while having serious issues with control, but he would also leave seven batters on base with the help of clutch strikeouts, keeping OU within striking distance at the time of his exit.
When he came out for his fifth inning of work, he proceeded to send the Frogs away in order, truly looking like his old self in the process. Unfortunately, he had already thrown 118 pitches at that point, and his day ended right as it was taking off. He ended up with a final line of 5.0 IP, five hits, four earned runs, six walks and seven strikeouts while being credited with the loss. In relief, Jaret Godman (1.2 IP, H, 2 ER, K), Zach Matthews (1.1 IP, H, WP) and Jason Ruffcorn (1.0 IP, K) finished out the day.
At the plate, Diego Muniz and Tyler Hardman contributed two hits apiece, with Hardman recording his 31st RBI of the season. Muniz had two doubles — his sixth and seventh of the season — and a pair of RBIs. Those RBIs came with the Sooners trailing 6-2 with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth, as the freshman ripped one down the line in left to score Harlan and Zaragoza. This gave OU a small glimmer of hope at the end as the tying run came to the plate. However, Conor McKenna grounded out on the next at-bat, putting an end to the drama.
Oklahoma will be back at home for a pair of midweek games against Texas Southern before having to play 11 consecutive road games (beginning with a three-game series at Baylor next weekend).