TULSA — Oklahoma found itself in a familiar position Friday night at ONEOK Field, scrambling to erase a late-inning deficit and stay out of an early hole in the Bedlam series.
The Sooners didn’t emerge from it, falling 4-3 to Oklahoma State in the first of the three-game, two-city series.
OU dropped to 34-15 overall and 11-8 in the Big 12. It’s now dropped five of its last six games. The Cowboys improved to 35-12 and 10-8.
Bedlam came down to two-out hits. The Cowboys got five of them with three scoring runs. The last was Cage Green’s single in the top of the eighth to score Robbie Rea.
The Sooners only had one. Hector Lorenzana belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning that briefly gave them a two-run lead. They didn’t get another hit with runners in scoring position the rest of the night.
“That was the story,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “At West Virginia last week, all the runs came with two outs. We’re not finishing innings on the mound. We left 34 runners on base last weekend. We left them on base again tonight. It comes back to us executing a little bit better and being a little bit better.”
Actually, the Sooners only stranded four. The way the first inning ended set the scene for the rest of the night. With runners on first and second, OU catcher Anthony Hermelyn grounded into a double play. It was the first of three inning-ending double plays the Cowboys turned.
OSU’s Jason Hursh made all the pitches he had to. The right-hander threw a complete game that included nine strikeouts and just one walk. Hursh improved to 5-4 with the victory.
Hursh’s key was silencing the two-out rallies. The pitch to Lorenzana was the only two-out mistake he made all night.