The Oklahoma Sooners (26-13) lost two of three against the Texas Longhorns (24-14) in a three-game series over the weekend at OU’s L. Dale Mitchell Park to conclude a five-game homestand.
Right fielder Steele Walker started OU’s scoring with a two-run home run in the third inning of game one. In the next inning, first baseman Tyler Hardman hit a RBI groundout. In the next inning, third baseman Brylie Ware hit a RBI single before designated hitter Cade Cavalli hit a RBI single in the sixth. Then, Ware hit another RBI single in the seventh. OU lost 7-6.
Starter Jake Irvin pitched six innings of three-run ball with six strikeouts before reliever Levi Prater allowed one run and struck out three during 1 2/3 innings pitched. Then, junior Austin Hansen allowed three runs during a two-out appearance to earn his third lose before junior Connor Berry pitched a scoreless two-out appearance.
Walker started the only run-scoring inning for OU with a RBI single in the first before catcher Brady Lindsly hit a RBI single to start his three-hit game. Finally, second baseman Kyle Mendenhall finished the rally with hit a RBI single. OU lost 5-3.
Starter Devon Perez pitched four innings of two-run ball with four walks and four strikeouts before Prater struck out six and allowed three runs in three innings of work. Then, Hansen pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.
Cavalli started the offense in the series finale with RBI single in the second before Ware hit a two-run single in the third. Outfielder Cade Harris was credited with a RBI after being hit by a pitch before shortstop Brandon Zaragoza had a RBI walk in the fifth. Later in the inning, Walker was credited with a RBI after being hit by a pitch. OU won 6-0.
Starter Nathan Wiles earned his third win with 7 2/3 scoreless innings with a walk and seven strikeouts before lefty Braidyn Fink continued the shutout with one-out appearance in the eighth. Finally, Berry sealed the shutout with a scoreless ninth, which included three walks and three strikeouts.
OU will start a seven-game road trip with a three-game series against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (29-8) April 20-22 at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Texas.
These games can be heard on:
Friday- Franchise 2 1560 AM at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday- Franchise 107.7 FM at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday- Franchise 107.7 FM at 1:30 p.m.