The University of Oklahoma baseball team fell to No. 7 TCU twice on Saturday by scores of 12-2 and 2-0 in a series sweep before 4,658 at Lupton Stadium. The Sooners evened their record at 18-18-1 overall and dropped to 4-8 in the Big 12, while the Horned Frogs improved to 27-8 and 9-3.
Oklahoma was run-ruled in game one as OU pitchers struggled to keep TCU off the board. The Horned Frogs took advantage of getting the leadoff man on in all seven innings and bringing him around to score in six.
Freshman right-hander Chris Andritsos (The Woodlands, Texas) dropped to 4-3 with the loss in 2.2 innings of work. He surrendered five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout. Right-hander Dalton Horton (6-0) pitched six innings of one-run, two-hit ball.
Freshman center fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) went 3-for-3 and drove in one of the Sooners’ two runs.
Game two of the day saw Oklahoma outhit TCU, 5-4, but ultimately fall. Junior right-hander Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas) took his first loss of the season. He is 0-1 after tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball. Elliott struck out four and allowed one run on four hits and one walk. Right-hander Brian Howard (5-1) threw seven-shutout innings with four strikeouts and scattered three hits.
Trailing 1-0 after the fifth, the Sooners would attempt to rally in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning, getting the potential tying run into scoring position twice. After a run came in on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth, Walker led off the top of the ninth with a double to the right-center. Junior shortstop Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) walked to get the tying run aboard with nobody out, but a 5-4-3 double play quickly thwarted the OU threat.
Oklahoma returns to action for a non-conference Bedlam Match-up Tuesday night at 6:00 pm against Oklahoma State at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
-Oklahoma started three freshmen in the opener, marking the 23rd time in the last 27 games and 24th overall that the Sooners have started three or more freshmen.
-Saturday marked Oklahoma’s fourth doubleheader of the season. The Sooners are 3-5 in doubleheader games.
-Alex Wise hit leadoff for the sixth time this season in game one and posted his 12th multi-hit game of the season.
-Steele Walker recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the season in the opener with his second three-hit game of the year.
-Oklahoma was run-ruled for the first time since losing at Texas Tech (4/27/14).
-Jake Elliott has a streak of nine-consecutive scoreless innings pitched at TCU snapped with a two-out, RBI-single in the bottom of the fifth during game two.
-Elliott had a string of 11 in a row retired end with a two-out single in the fifth.
-In three career starts against the Horned Frogs, Elliott owns a 2.16 ERA with 13 strikeouts.
-Sheldon Neuse stole his team-leading ninth base of the season in game two.
-The Sooners are 6-7 in games decided by one or two runs this season.
-Game two marked Oklahoma’s third loss of the season when outhitting the opposition.