Bedlam baseball: Sooners' season ends with loss to Cowboys

A day after scoring six runs in the final two innings to keep hopes of a repeat performance as Big 12 Tournament champs — and an NCAA Tournament berth — alive, the Sooners’ hopes were snuffed out with the loss in a game that extended into early Saturday morning at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 24, 2014
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There was no miracle comeback for Oklahoma on Saturday night.

No last-minute rally to extend the game or extend the season.

Just finality.

Oklahoma State 11, Oklahoma 8. Season over.

A day after scoring six runs in the final two innings to keep hopes of a repeat performance as Big 12 Tournament champs — and an NCAA Tournament berth — alive, the Sooners’ hopes were snuffed out with the loss in a game that extended into early Saturday morning at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Those chances went away in the eighth in an inning the summed up Oklahoma’s season. An error started off the inning, the Sooners nearly fought back to get out of the jam, and then Oklahoma State’s Aaron Cornell blasted a three-run home run off Sheldon Neuse to break the tie and send the Sooners to a 29-29 finish overall.

“That’s baseball.” Sooners first-year coach Pete Hughes said. “Our decision going into that inning was, let’s not let (Tanner) Krietemeier beat us. Let (Conor) Costello and Cornell beat us. That was a philosophy that we felt great about. Hats off to Cornell.”

After the error and a sacrifice, Neuse walked Krietemeier before Costello’s squeeze attempt turned into an out at the plate.

Then Cornell sent Neuse’s 1-1 pitch over the bleachers in left.

“I’ll put Sheldon in that situation 100 times out of 100 times,” Hughes said. “Like I told him after the game, I will sleep soundly tonight with that decision.”

For the second consecutive day, the Sooners could’ve been blown out early.

Starter Adam Choplick was wild from the start, hitting the first batter he faced and walking another in the first as both runners came around to score.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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