Sooners Fall 3-2 to DBU in Midweek Battle

NORMAN, Okla. – Anyone who has ever had a hangover, whether it's from drinking too much of a beverage of choice or from having an extra helping of stuffing and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, knows how bad you feel the next day.

You have a headache, feel bloated, feel fatigued and so on, but you know you're not going to function too well when you try to do something.

That's exactly what happened in the No. 11 Sooners' 3-2 loss against the Dallas Baptist Patriots on Tuesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

"We didn't have a lot of energy," head coach Sunny Golloway said. "We've got a lot of guys that are still hung over and they need to be mature about it."

After dropping two heartbreakers against the Oklahoma State Cowboys this past weekend, OU (26-11) played Tuesday's game with no energy and had very little fight in them after falling behind 3-0 in the third inning.

The Sooners did score runs in the fourth and fifth innings – one on a wild pitch with the bases loaded and the other on a sac-fly by junior third baseman Garrett Buechele – but other than those runs, the Patriots' pitching staff held OU at bay for the majority of the night.

Dallas Baptist (23-12) used three pitchers who could all throw more than 90 mph with good off-speed pitches to complement and were able to work their way out of a couple late-inning jams.

The Sooners stranded eight runners on base and had the potential game-tying run on base in three of the last four innings after cutting the deficit to 3-2. Only one base runner reached third but was thrown out on a delayed steal to end the sixth, and no other OU runner safely reached second in the seventh, eighth or ninth.

The best threat the Sooners put together was when Buechele led off the eighth with a single, but junior catcher Tyler Ogle, who was named the Big 12 Player of the Week and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Hitter of the Week, grounded into a double play on the next pitch.

OU did get the tying run on base in the ninth but posed no threat to bring it across.

"It's extremely frustrating," Golloway said. "Guys just can't settle in. We could leave things the way they were, but that wouldn't have been the key. And so to try to move them around, some things work and then the other things are broke."

The only bright spots for the Sooners were OU's pitching staff and senior right fielder Ricky Eisenberg.

Freshman Kindle Ladd, who made his first start, senior Anthony Collazo and senior Tyson Seng gave up six hits and combined to throw eight shutout innings, but the three-run third was all the Patriots needed to get past a Sooner offense that couldn't turn a 10-hit day into a victory.

Eisenberg went 3-for-4, all of which were singles, in the loss and said that this team is just going through one of its ebbs and flows caused by poor plate discipline.

"We just need to start hitting," Eisenberg said. "Hitting pitches in the zone and not swing at the ones out of the zone."

The Sooners will try to end this hangover against Bacone College at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

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