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April 2, 2014

Sooners’ hitting slump continues as they fall to Cowboys in first meeting

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NORMAN —

The Sooners were antsy from start to finish.

OSU’s Tyler Nurdin (2-2) limited OU to one run on five hits over five innings. He walked four, but only the one he issued to Aikin in the third inning was costly.

Scoring runs requires base runners and timely hits. OU didn’t have any of the latter (0 for 5 with runners in scoring position) or many of the former (eight).

The Sooners’ final at-bat told the story of the night. OSU closer Brendan McCurry plunked Hector Lorenzana to lead off the inning. Perhaps, another rally was in the cards.

Lorenzana was quickly trotting back to the dugout after Niko Buentello grounded into a double play.

McCurry picked up his fifth save. He and three other OSU relievers held the Sooners scoreless over the final four inning, allowing just one hit.

If it only trailed by a run, OU could’ve played just to tie the game in the ninth and sacrificed Lorenzana into scoring position.

The Cowboys picked up an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning when Arakawa beat Lorenzana’s double-play throw from shortstop on a tailor-made double-play grounder. Arakawa’s speed kept the inning alive, and allowed Conor Costello to score.The run came off reliever Drew Krittenbrink. It was the only run OU’s bullpen allowed over 42⁄3 innings.

“All it takes is one hit to get that run and it’s a different ballgame,” Lorenzana said.

Until the Sooners get that hit, the results are not going to change.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

 

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