FORT WORTH, Texas — Oklahoma returned to its losing ways on Sunday, falling 9-1 to TCU at Lupton Stadium.
The Sooners sank to 27-25 overall and 7-14 in the Big 12. However, they did lock up a spot for the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City thanks to Oklahoma State’s victory over last-place Kansas State.
TCU (36-14, 15-6 Big 12) jumped on OU starting pitcher Adam Choplick in the second inning and never looked back. Choplick (3-4) didn’t get an out in the second inning and gave up four runs on four hits and walked a pair.
Third baseman Sheldon Neuse, who picked up the win in Saturday’s 7-5 win over the Horned Frogs, registered OU’s first hit of the game with two outs in the fourth inning when he blasted his sixth home run of the season over the wall in left to cut the lead to 4-1. Neuse turned in his 20th multi-hit game of the season in a 2-for-4 effort.
The Horned Frogs responded with five runs on three hits and three Sooner errors in the bottom half of the fourth. Shortstop Keaton Jones led off the inning with a double and scored the only earned run of the frame. Left fielder Boomer White collected the big-hit of the inning on a bases-clearing, three-RBI double into the left field corner.
Tyler Alexander (7-3) allowed just the one run on the Neuse homer over eight innings of work. He surrendered five hits without walking any batters to go with three strikeouts.
OU remains in North Texas for a Tuesday night game at Dallas Baptist at 6:30 pm. It returns to Big 12 action Thursday night in Oklahoma City in the opening game of the Bedlam series.
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