No. 2 OU suffers second loss in a row
No. 8 Arizona State gets solid pitching, timely hitting in win
TEMPE, Ariz. -- No. 2 Oklahoma suffered its second consecutive defeat on Tuesday, 6-2 at No. 8 Arizona State.
The Sooners played from behind the entire game and dropped to 16-2 on the season.
“We had some costly errors early in the game and we never really recovered from it,” said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. “We have to get hungry and attack and I think Arizona State played that way tonight.”
The Sun Devils (12-3) struck first with a trio of runs scored in the third inning on a fielder’s choice, sacrifice fly and an error on OU catcher Tyler Ogle.
In the top of the fifth inning, OU cut the lead down to two runs on Caleb Bushyhead’s sacrifice fly to center field. It marked the first RBI of the year for Bushyhead, who played in his fourth game back since returning from ACL surgery.
Unfortunately for the Sooners, Arizona State countered in the bottom half of the fifth with a pair of runs and tacked on another score in the sixth.
Shore (2-1) lasted four innings in his start and allowed three runs, two earned, with three hits allowed with three strikeouts. The start came after Shore lasted just one inning on Saturday against Arkansas-Little Rock.
Brady Rodgers (2-0), tossed three solid innings with five strikeouts and one hit allowed, a double by Evan Mistich in the second inning. Rodgers started opening day for ASU but was sidelined with some arm stiffness until Tuesday’s outing.
Tyler Ogle and Chris Ellison tried to mount a late rally for Oklahoma in the eighth inning with back-to-back singles to begin the frame. However, the Sooners managed to plate just Ogle in the eighth and finished the game with four stranded base runners.
Mistich finished the contest with a team-high two hits, while also walking in his four plate appearances.
ASU leads the all-time series 48-18, including wins in 10 of the last 11 meetings.