But Choplick gutted through five innings with a 6-3 lead, having struck out eight but walked five and hit two before things went sideways in the sixth.
Choplick, with a pitch count over 100, allowed the first four runners to reach in the sixth before being pulled with the game tied and the eventual go-ahead runner on base.
“I brought him back in the sixth because he went punch out, punch out, jamshot one-two-three in the fifth,” Hughes said. “The matchup was in our favor.”
Neuse had his second career four-hit game, including a two-run single in the fourth.
“Sheldon Neuse is the best young hitter I’ve seen since I’ve started coaching college baseball,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said.
Holliday has certainly seen Neuse enough this season.
The Bedlam rivals played seven times, with Oklahoma State winning five.
Of Oklahoma’s 13 hits, eight came from the top three spots in the lineup.
The Sooners return much of their lineup next year, including the Big 12 Freshman of the Year Neuse.
“I think we played the best ball at the end of the season and I think it’s definitely going to carry over into the fall and coming up next season for sure,” Neuse said.
Things will turn around, Hughes said.
“Better things are ahead, I promise you that,” Hughes said. “It’s a great product to recruit to. We will recruit tirelessly. We’ll start tomorrow.”