It was in Oklahoma that Arkansas turned its season around in 2009. It will have to be somewhere else this time around.
Oklahoma right-hander Michael Rocha struck out seven batters in 7 1/3 innings, helping the No. 15 Sooners to a 5-2 win Tuesday night over the No. 17 Razorbacks.
Arkansas (38-15) had its chances but couldn't get the timely hit in its fourth straight loss. The Razorbacks stranded nine runners on the night, including seven in scoring position.
The Hogs left two runners on as Matt Reynolds struck out to end the game. Playing in place of injured third baseman Zack Cox, Reynolds finished the night 0-for-5 from the plate.
"It's a disappointing game because we didn't swing the bats very well," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We had chances with runners on base but couldn't get the big hit. We finally got a two-out hit in the ninth but we left too many runners on tonight."
The Sooners (38-14) scored one run in each of the first three innings - including a Garrett Buechele solo home run in the first inning - and chased Arkansas starter Randall Fant after just 1 2/3 innings on the mound. It was the third consecutive short start for Fant, who dropped his second decision of the season.
"There were some key hits and we put some pressure on them," Oklahoma coach Sonny Golloway said. "That was real important."
Arkansas pulled within 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning on an Andy Wilkins RBI double to score Brett Eibner with no outs. Wilkins never advanced in the inning, however, and the Razorbacks finished the night 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
"Michael made some big pitches," Golloway said. "He threw some off-speed pitches better than I've seen before. Tonight with the slider and the change-up he ended up being real good for us."
Oklahoma extended its lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of RBI hits by Tyler Ogle and Danny Black off Razorback reliever Christian Kowalchuk. Geoffrey Davenport came in to strike out a pair of batters with the bases loaded to keep the Razorbacks within striking distance.
Arkansas didn't score again, though, until Collin Kuhn's two-out RBI single to plate Bo Bigham in the top of the ninth inning. The Razorbacks stranded a runner at second base in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, and Tim Carver was picked off at second in the seventh.
Eibner was the one bright spot offensively for the Razorbacks. He finished the night 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a walk.
Eibner's first inning double was nearly more as the ball hit just below the yellow home run line at the top of the wall in right field. That hit gave the Razorbacks runners on second and third with one out, though it ultimately went for naught.
The junior right-hander also made it happen with his arm, striking out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning. It was his first appearance on the mound in more than two weeks.
The Razorbacks will fly to Nashville overnight in preparation for their final regular season series at Vanderbilt, which begins Thursday.
Oklahoma 5, Arkansas 2
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