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February 24, 2014

Sooners go cold at the plate, fall to Ohio State

ORLANDO, Fla. — Oklahoma’s slump at the plate continued for the second straight day and the loss column in the Sooners’ record swelled. OU fell, 6-3, to Ohio State on Sunday in its last game in the UCF tournament, falling to 5-3 on the season.

OU freshman right-hander Jake Elliott (1-1) pitched well enough to win and certainly had OU’s best start of the three-game tournament. He held the Buckeyes (5-2) to four runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk.

The Sooners, however, only had three hits on the day.

Ohio State took control of the game with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Patrick Porter singled in a run and a second came in as OU right fielder Taylor Alspaugh attempted to cut down a runner at third base and ended up in the Buckeyes’ dugout, giving them a 2-1 lead.

A third run came in on a wild pitch as Porter darted home.

The Sooners put runs on the scoreboard in the sixth and seventh innings. Craig Aikin singled with a runner on second to cut the lead to two in the sixth. In the seventh, Hector Lorenzana reached on an error to get the inning started and Alspaugh singled; setting up a sacrifice fly to Kolbey Carpenter.

The game was marred by four errors by both the Sooners and the Buckeyes.

Ohio State added two runs off Ralph Garza Jr. (New Braunfels, Texas) in the eighth inning.

He pitched two innings and struck out three.

The win went to Ohio State’s Zach Farmer (1-1). He pitched 51⁄3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a pair.

Trace Dempsey locked down his second save of the season, holding OU hitless over the 11⁄3 innings.

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