Sooners need extra inning to beat SE Missouri St.

Arkison's fleet feet score game-winning run in bottom of the tenth

Oklahoma's first win over Southeast Missouri State didn't come easy as the Sooners needed extra innings in their 5-4 win over the Indians Friday in Norman.

With the score tied at 4-4 and one out in the bottom of the tenth, Sooner pinch-runner Matt Arkison's feet literally stole the show.

Arkison pinch ran for Oklahoma designated hitter Luke Alexander, who walked to give the Sooners the potential winning run with one out in the bottom of the tenth. Arkison stole second, and two batters later tagged and headed for third when Matt Bose flied out to centerfield. Southeast Missouri State centerfielder Vern Hatten's attempt to gun down Arkison at third was errant, and the junior scampered home for the winning run.

The Sooners took an early lead in the bottom of the first when Jason Fransz doubled to left scoring Charlie Frasier from second.

OU would increase the lead to 2-0 with an unearned run in the second, but Southeast Missouri State knocked out OU starter Evan Gruesel with a four-run fourth inning.

The lead wouldn't last long as OU catcher Spencer Wyman helped the Sooners tie the game at 4-4 with a bases loaded two-run single in the bottom of the fifth.

David Purcey replaced Gruesel in the top of the fifth and the freshmen sensation did not disappoint in just his second appearance in a Sooner uniform. Purcey pitched 3.2 innings of shutout ball, giving up only four hits while striking out five.

Mark Roberts replaced Purcey in the top of the eighth with two outs and bailed the Sooners out by striking out Southeast Missouri State rightfielder Ryan Govek looking with runners on first and third.

Roberts went on to shut down Southeast Missouri State in the ninth and tenth innings en route to picking up his first win of the 2002 season.

With the win the Sooners improve to 3-1 on the young season. Southeast Missouri State fell to 0-1.

Both teams will continue with the second of their three-game series at 11 a.m. tomorrow at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

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