May 9, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma scored two unearned runs on passed balls in the top of the ninth inning to earn a 7-5 win over Oklahoma State in front of 9,698 fans Saturday night at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
OSU's loss drops the Cowboys to 29-21 overall and 6-15 in Big 12 Conference play and marks the first time since 2005 OSU has lost a series to its Bedlam rival.
Tyler Lyons was the tough-luck loser for the Cowboys despite a career performance on the mound. The junior southpaw racked up a career-high 13 strikeouts, besting his previous career high of 10 set last season against Baylor. He worked eight innings and allowed six runs, five of them earned, on 11 hits.
The decisive ninth inning began when OSU third baseman Tyrone Hambly mishandled a ground ball off the bat of Matt Harughty. The error put the tying run on first for the Sooners and drove Lyons from the game.
Up next, the Cowboys retired Harughty on a fielder's choice, but Bryant Hernandez reached first safely and took second on the first of four passed balls by OSU catcher Kevin David in the ninth.
After Randy McCurry struck out J.T. Wise for the second out of the inning, the Cowboys intentionally walked Aaron Baker. Another passed ball moved the runners up to second and third before Garrett Buechele walked to load the bases.
With the bases juiced, the third passed ball of the inning allowed Hernandez to score the go-ahead run, and Baker scored on the fourth and final passed ball of the frame to make the score 7-5.
OU (37-15, 14-9) took the game's initial lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Jamie Johnson led off the game with a double, and a single and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Lyons got Baker to pop out for the second out of the inning, but Buechele's two-out, two-RBI single put the Sooners on top.
The Cowboys tied the score in the bottom of the inning with a two-out rally of their own, compliments of David's fifth home run of the season. David blasted a 1-0 offering from OU starter J.R. Robinson over the wall in left field for a two-run, game-tying shot.
OSU took its first lead in the third, sending seven batters to the plate and scoring two runs on four hits.
Micheal Dabbs led off the inning with a bunt single, and after a sacrifice bunt by Hambly, Neil Medchill doubled to right field to make the score 3-2. Two batters later, Tom Belza delivered a two-out RBI single to double OSU's lead.
That lead did not last long as OU rallied for three runs with two outs in the fourth. Hernandez got the scoring started as he ripped an RBI double down the left field line on an 0-2 count to make the score 4-3, and Wise followed with a single through the left side to plate a pair of runs and give the Sooners a one-run advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, OSU loaded the bases with one out after a single and two walks. But OU reliever Chase Anderson struck out Medchill and David to end the rally.
The score remained 5-4 until the bottom of the sixth when Dabbs led off the inning with his 10th home run of the season, a blast into the bullpen in right field that tied the score.
Lyons pitched out of trouble in the seventh. Aaron Baker doubled with one out and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the Cowboy hurler struck out the next two batters to end the inning unscathed.
Anderson picked up the win with five innings in relief to improve to 2-1 on the season, while Ryan Duke struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save.
Sunday's series finale is set for a 4:05 p.m. start.