The Sooners' massive meltdown the other day at Baylor appears to have carried a hangover effect with it, as the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans stormed in and swept a midweek doubleheader Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
And they did so in dominating fashion.
The visitors, not intimidated in the least bit by OU's No. 10 ranking and 21-3 all-time mark against them, led in 16 of the 18 innings played.
That included a 5-2 game one victory in which the Trojans took the lead in the top of the third and held it the rest of the way after center fielder Bryson Thionnet ripped an RBI double to left center.
After UALR added another in the fourth and posted a three-spot in the sixth to take a commanding 5-0 lead, the Sooners tried to get back into it with an RBI groundout by right fielder Max White in the bottom half and a bases-loaded walk the following inning.
But the Sooners could do no more damage in the defeat.
Game two was more of the same; only, for the entire game.
The Trojans jumped out on top 2-0 in the top of the first on RBI knocks from first baseman John Clark and second baseman Chris Burk.
Sooner center fielder Craig Aikin walked, stole second, third and raced home on an error in the sixth to cut the lead in half.
Again, though, UALR had a response when Thionnet homered to left, boosting the Trojans' lead back out to two.
Shortstop Austin Pfeiffer added another with his RBI double in the top of the ninth.
It proved to be a big one because Sooner designated hitter Matt Oberste hammered a two-run bomb to left in the final frame to draw OU within one at 4-3.
But OU's offense couldn't do anything else after that.
Clearly, it's the low point of the season for OU.
After collapsing from a 9-4 lead in the rubber match Sunday at Baylor, OU (28-10, 8-4 Big 12) has now suffered its first three-game losing streak of the season.
Ranked No. 8 in the country, the Sooners were in great shape to host a regional and perhaps earn a national seed just days ago.
Now, their RPI (at No. 22 prior to the sweep) figures to take a serious hit, putting them in jeopardy of even a regional host, though there's still a month-plus to play.
One thing's certain: they took a major step back on this day and must respond from it if they hope to win the conference and achieve some of their goals further down the line.
OU gets back to action on that trek when they host New Orleans in a three-game set beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT Friday.