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Sunday Baseball Roundup: OSU And ORU Win, While Sooners Fall

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Cowboys Complete Perfect Weekend In Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. -- Oklahoma State capped a perfect weekend at the TD Ameritrade Classic with a 6-5 win over Creighton Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park.

The win was the fifth in a row for the 24th-ranked Cowboys, who won four games in Omaha and improved to 32-11 on the season.

Sunday's triumph marked OSU's 15th come-from-behind win of 2013, and the Cowboys did it with clutch two-out hits as four of their six RBIs came with them down to their last out of the inning.

Donnie Walton was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs in Sunday's win, and his double in the top of the ninth brought home pinch runner Jarrett Higgins with what proved to be the game-winning run.

Brendan McCurry earned his second win of the weekend on the mound to improve to 6-2. The junior righty failed to earn the save after coming on in the eighth but struck out two and did not allow a run over the final 1.2 innings.

OSU took the game's initial lead on Randy McCurry's RBI single in the top of the first, but Creighton answered with two runs off Cowboy starter Kenton Bevacqua in the second inning.

The Bluejays (24-10) pushed their lead to 3-1 in the fourth, but OSU rallied to tie the score in the fifth on back-to-back RBIs by Saulyer Saxon and Walton.

The game remained tied until the eighth. Victor Romero put the Cowboys up, 4-3, and two batters later, a two-out double by Zach Fish made it 5-3.

However, the lead did not last long.

Brennan Murphy and Ryan Fitzgerald opened the bottom of the eighth with consecutive singles off OSU reliever Vince Wheeland, and after a sacrifice bunt, Brendan McCurry came on and struck out Federico Castagnini for the second out. But up next, Jake Peter laced a two-RBI double to right field to once again tie the score.

The game entered the ninth tied 5-5, and OSU opened the inning with designated hitter Rick Stover reaching on an error. After a sacrifice bunt by Saxon moved pinch runner Higgins to second, Walton ripped a double to the right-center field gap to bring home the sixth run.

Brendan McCurry retired the Bluejays in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win.

The Cowboys return to action Friday when they open a three-game series at Texas Tech.

 

Sooners Fall In Series Finale

NORMAN -- The No. 11-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team's five game winning streak was snapped Sunday with a 9-3 loss to Texas Tech in the series finale at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

After Oklahoma (33-11, 10-5 Big 12) won the first two games against Texas Tech (20-24, 6-12), the Sooners found themselves down 1-0 after the first half inning. It was TTU's first lead of the three-game series, and the first time the Red Raiders scored before the eighth inning in Norman.

The Sooners tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning thanks to an errant throw and a wild pitch. Craig Aikin walked and advanced to third on a wild pick-off throw from the pitcher. He came home on the ensuing pitch, which was wild to Anthony Hermelyn.

After the one-run first inning, Oklahoma left-hander Ethan Carnes registered back-to-back no-hit innings in the second and third. The Red Raiders scored two runs on a bases-loaded single to retake the lead in the fourth. They added two more in the fifth on back-to-back, two out, bases loaded walks after Carnes was relieved.

Carnes left with one out and two runners on in the fifth inning. On the afternoon, he allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Texas Tech starter Dominic Moreno allowed one unearned run on five hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out one.

After the Red Raiders scored three in the seventh, OU right-hander Kindle Ladd came in with one on and no outs. He recorded the final nine outs of the game and gave up only one run in the ninth.

A sac fly in the bottom of the ninth by Max White followed by a single from Hermelyn plated Jack Mayfield and Matt Oberste to add two more runs for the Sooners.

Despite the loss, the Sooners have won eight of the nine series this season that have involved three or more games.

Oklahoma is back in action Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in Dallas, Texas as they take on the Dallas Baptist Patriots.

 

ORU Storms Past Nicholls State

TULSA -- A seven-run eighth inning helped the Oral Roberts University baseball team to a big victory on Sunday afternoon as the Golden Eagles rolled past Nicholls State at home, 8-1, winning the three-game series 2-1.

Tim Zufall (5-1) allowed just five hits and a run in eight innings of work to earn the victory. Alec Smith entered in the ninth for the final three outs of the game.

The Golden Eagles (15-26, 10-8) sit in a four-way tie for fourth place with Central Arkansas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Stephen F. Austin.

Jose Trevino continued his hot hitting trend with a double and a single, giving him seven hits in the series. Tyler Boss had the same output at the plate, driving in the go-ahead runs on his double in the eighth inning that scored Matt Brandy and Logan Domenico.

Brandy, who started the eighth with a walk, added a two-run double later in his second at bat in the inning that plated Kevin Cho and Brandon Healy. ORU had just three hits in the inning, taking advantage of four walk and two Colonel errors.

ORU's seven-run inning was the most runs it has scored in an inning this season.

In the top of the fourth, Trevino picked up his double with one out and was followed by a Boss single. Trevino then crossed the plate for the first time on the afternoon as Nate Goro reached on a fielder's choice.

Nicholls tied the game in the top of the eighth as Leo Vargas singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Jackson. Jackson was the starting pitcher, striking out four Golden Eagles and allowing just a run in six innings. He was relieved by Taylor Byrd who took the loss.

ORU travels to Beaumont, Texas, on Friday as they face the hottest team in the Southland, Lamar. The Cardinals have won seven straight contests through Sunday and are tied with Sam Houston State for first place.

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