Feb. 28, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - The 16th-ranked Oklahoma baseball team swept a doubleheader from Washington State by scores of 9-7 in 11 innings and 12-3 at Bailey-Brayton Field, Saturday.
In the opener, Washington State (1-5) trailed 3-0 before scoring a run in the third and three in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Matt Argyropoulos cut the Cougars' deficit to 3-1 with a RBI-single in the third and WSU tied the game on senior Alex Burg's two-run home run an inning later. Junior Michael Weber capped the fourth-inning rally with a run-scoring double.
Oklahoma (7-2) tied the game in the sixth and scored three more in the eighth to take a 7-4 lead before WSU rallied again. Freshman Derek Jones led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run down the right field line, his first dinger as a collegian.
Weber followed with a walk and moved to third with one out on a single by senior Jared Prince. After sophomore John Desmarais struck out, sophomore Ryan Peterson drilled a double to right that plated two runs and tied the game 7-7.
The Sooners snatched the victory with two runs in the 11th off junior Seth Harvey (0-1). Bryant Hernandez doubled home the game-winner and Tyler Ogle added an insurance run with a RBI-single.
"The first game was a tough loss for us and we were deflated by it," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We did not play well in the second game and now we have to come back tomorrow and try to get a split in the series."
In the nightcap, Oklahoma scored six runs in the third inning and cruised to the victory. Cougar freshman Spencer Jackson (0-1) was roughed up in his WSU debut and was charged with five earned runs in two and one-third innings. Jones drove in two of the three Cougars runs in the loss.
The four-game series concludes, Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.
Redshirt-sophomore Cody Bartlett recorded his first at bat since 2007 in game one...freshman Anthony Drobnick made his collegiate debut and pitched in both games...freshman Kyle Buchanan and redshirt-sophomore Jay Ponciano made their collegiate debuts in game two...Ponciano was 1-for-2 to earn his first hit as a Cougar...freshman Tommy Richards collected his first-collegiate hit in game two...freshman Kyle Johnson picked up his first at bat of the season and sophomore Riley Tubbs saw his first playing time this season in game two...there were 722 pitches in the doubleheader, including 403 in the opener.