“Once Chop walks a guy, then he’s afraid to walk anybody else and he started leaving balls right down the middle,” Golloway said. “It wasn’t very good.”
Ladd allowed consecutive RBI singles to K.J. Alexander and Chane Lynch before the inning ended.
The one difference between Tuesday’s midweek loss and the previous three was OU didn’t play from behind the whole game.
OU actually held a 1-0 lead after getting a couple gifts in the first inning. Max White reached on a two-out error by Dallas Baptist shortstop Nash Knight, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch by Dallas Baptist starting pitcher Paul Voelker.
It was the only run Voelker allowed. He threw three innings, allowing just two hits. Aaron Gilbreat (2-0) picked up the victory. He retired the Sooners in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
OU only had five hits. It went 3 for 18 with runners on base and just 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
“It’s been real frustrating,” OU shortstop Jack Mayfield said. “We’re lacking little things and we’re lacking those little runs.”
OU tried to rally late. Colt Bickerstaff came off the bench and picked up an RBI with an infield single to score Garrett Carey in the seventh inning. Kolbey Carpenter drove in a pair with a two-run single in the eighth.
Kindle Ladd was solid in relief of Bickerstaff. He held the Patriots scoreless until the ninth inning. Then he gave up a solo homer to Boomer Collins.
The only good thing to come out of OU’s performance was the guarantee it won’t have to play another game on Tuesday night this year.
“There’s no more midweeks,” Mayfield said. “We just have to work with our weekend bulldogs and try to score runs this weekend.”
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