Oklahoma’s come-from-behind magic was in hiding Tuesday night, but its pitching problems were easier to see than a neon sign on the Las Vegas strip.

The pitching woes, coupled with a lackluster performance at the plate, resulted in a 9-3 loss to Dallas Baptist at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Will Savage took the loss after pitching one inning and giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. He fell to 2-2.

The Sooners had used Ryan Mottern as their starting pitcher in their last two midweek games. But they have moved him to the closer role.

OU coach Sunny Golloway is perturbed no other pitcher has stepped up to fill the void.

“What I’m disappointed about is Mottern is going to step up and be our closer, but no one wants to step up and take his spot,” he said. “Savage said he wanted the ball today and he came out and pitched really poorly.”

He wasn’t the only one.

The Sooners turned to John Brownell, Jimmie Rollins, A.T. Cole, Chris Henry and Mottern for the final 21/3 innings.

Rollins went the longest, allowing two runs on two hits. But by the time he entered in the third inning, Dallas Baptist (19-10) already led 5-0.

Israel Victor went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Brad Boles went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs.

Rodney Brantley picked up the victory for the Patriots. He improved to 6-1 after scattering five hits over six innings and allowing just one run.

Chuckie Caufield and Ryan Rohlinger both went 2-for-3 for OU. The Sooners were held to nine hits and committed two errors.

OU continues Big 12 Conference play at 7 p.m., Friday, when it opens a three-game series against Red River rival Texas.

John Shinn366-3536jshinn@normantranscript.com

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