Bruins pound Roberts, Sooners in regional opener

Oklahoma pitcher Mark Roberts jumps over the third base line on his way back to the dugout during the Sooners' 9-1 loss to UCLA in the first round of the NCAA regional in Oklahoma City on Friday. Roberts gave up seven runs in seven innings despite striking out 12 Bruins. The Sooners will now play Central Connecticut State at 10 a.m. in an elimination game Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY — What was supposed to be a special night for the Oklahoma baseball team and pitcher Mark Roberts, turned into a nightmare.

Leading 4-0 after six innings, third-seeded UCLA used a five-run seventh inning to break break open the game and knock Roberts and the second-seeded Sooners into the loser's bracket with a 9-1 win in first round NCAA regional action at the SBC Bricktown Ballpark Friday night in Oklahoma City.

Roberts, who was spectacular in his last two outings against Nebraska and Texas Tech, gave up seven earned runs in 7.1 innings despite tying his career-high strikeout mark with 12 and only giving up seven hits. UCLA starter Casey Janssen was spectacular shutting out the Sooners for eight innings while only giving up two hits and striking out seven.

Freshman catcher Josh Stinson knocked in the Sooners only run with a an RBI single off UCLA reliever Kevin Brophy in the bottom of the ninth.

With the loss the Sooners (37-23) must now face Central Connecticut State (41-16-1) in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The Blue Devils fell to the loser's bracket after a 12-1 loss to top-seeded Florida Friday afternoon in Oklahoma City.

Junior lefthander David Purcey is expected to get the start on the mound for Oklahoma. Purcey will enter Saturday's crucial game with an 8-5 record and 3.28 ERA.

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