The Norman Transcript


May 1, 2013

Off-balance Sooners can’t handle Patriots



“We had a heart-to-heart with our guys because no one has been putting in extra time hitting — none of them. It really showed up tonight. They think, magically, changing the lineup is going to cause them to hit.

“We lose Sunday and no one stayed around to hit. Nobody came in and hit Monday and no one came in early to hit today and we don’t hit tonight — that’s how that all works.”

Cory Taylor (1-2) picked up the victory. He held OU to two hits over five innings. He struck out seven. Joseph Shaw held the Sooners to one hit over the final two innings to get the save.

OU pitched well enough to win, but likely lost another starting pitcher in the process.

Adam Choplick, who took the loss to drop to 3-2, suffered an apparent elbow injury after throwing to first base after fielding a bunt in the second inning.

Choplick was in obvious pain when the injury occurred and had his left arm wrapped in ice the rest of the night. He was wearing a sling after the game. Golloway said Choplick will undergo more tests today to see the extent of the damage.

Kyle Hayes, Billy Waltrip and Ralph Garza Jr. held Dallas Baptist to one run on six hits over the final eight innings.

With the way the Sooners were waving at sliders, it didn’t matter.  

“Three hits is never going to win a baseball game,” Mayfield said. “This has to make us focus and work harder. It has to.”

John Shinn

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