“How many times do you see two leadoff walks get squandered with no runs? That had big inning written all over it,” Hughes said. “I’m disappointed we didn’t execute fundamentally and that happens. But that kid was ready to come unravelled.”
Instead, Romano settled in. Keach Ballard popped out to shortstop for the second out and Craig Aikin struck out swinging.
Pepe Gomez, who dominated the Sooners in ORU’s 3-0 on March 25 in Tulsa did the same on Tuesday. He held on to four hits over five innings to get the win. Romano picked up his seventh save of the season.
Robert Tasin (3-3) took the loss. He gave up two runs on four hits over 31⁄3 innings.
The loss, which was OU fifth in the last 10 games, didn’t come down to pitching.
“You have that killer instinct and smell blood in the air. I didn’t feel that in our dugout and we didn’t execute that way,” Hughes said. “Having someone on the ropes, you have to go after it and exploit that and we didn’t do that.”
Perhaps that will change when the Sooners host the Longhorns at 6 p.m. Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
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