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Sooners Fall Short Against Dallas Baptist

The Oklahoma baseball team fell short in a midweek road matchup with unbeaten Dallas Baptist, losing 11-7. Let’s talk about it.

The pitching for the Sooners in this game was a concern and played a big role in why Oklahoma picked up its second loss of the season. This game had nothing but offense, and OU’s pitching could not keep up. DBU was able to score runs off of five of the six Sooner pitchers. Senior Grant Stevens made his first start for the Sooners, and it wasn’t a great one. He allowed seven hits, five earned runs, two walks, and five strikeouts in four innings of work.

Senior Will Carsten, who appeared in 18 games last year for this OU team, came on in relief of Stevens, and he pitched two innings allowing three hits, two runs, and had three strikeouts. Head coach Skip Johnson would have to deploy four more relievers after making the move to go to Carsten. Jace Miner saw more action for OU, and allowed one run, one walk, and two strikeouts in less than one inning pitched. One of the big-time recruits also got into the game for OU, freshman Jacob Gholston made his college debut, and it was an interesting one, to say the least. His first appearance ended after throwing a wild pitch that allowed DBU to score a run. He did not record an out, and only threw four pitches. Junior Dylan Crooks would follow in the pitching carousel for the Sooners, and he also had a rough outing. He allowed two runs, and two hits, one of which was a grand slam from DBU’s Nathan Humphreys to give them an 11-7 lead. Junior Reid Hensley was called on to close the game out for the Sooners and pitched well, allowing just one hit and striking out three batters in one inning.

There was also some sloppy defense from OU in this game. A throwing error by Jackson Nicklaus would eventually open the door for DBU to score three runs in the fourth inning. DBU was active on the basepaths and created a lot of pressure for the Sooner defense all night. The Sooners’ defense also allowed four extra-base hits. The defense will have to be better throughout the season for the Sooners to be successful.

On a more positive note, the offense for OU was alive, after a slow start in the season-opening tournament. Leading the offensive charge for the Sooners was Nicklaus and Michael Snyder. Nicklaus had a monster day at the plate, hitting two home runs, both to even the score. If he can provide pop like that toward the bottom of the lineup, Skip Johnson will be very happy about the full potential of this offense. Snyder also swung a hot bat against DBU, he tripled in the sixth inning and scored on a wild pitch on the very next play. He also had a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Both provided some much-needed power in timely spots in the game.

Next up for the Sooners is the home-opener series against Wright State. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m.

Images courtesy of Reghan Kyle/OU Daily

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