OU baseball: Sooners fall short against TCU for second consecutive day
NORMAN — Oklahoma baseball coach Skip Johnson understands that results are what matter.
But after his team fell to TCU, 6-4, on Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park to continue their recent rocky stretch, Johnson wasn’t down on his team’s play.
“I thought it was a great day,” Johnson said. “Just ’cause you lost don’t mean anything. Levi (Prater) goes out, he struggles in the first two innings and he wants the ball after 108 pitches. He turned it around and found his rhythm again.
“Our offense hit some balls hard in that game, kept battling, kept battling and all the sudden they give us a couple free bases and we kind of fall short at the end.”
The Sooners have lost six of their last eight after starting the season 21-4.
All of the Horned Frogs’ runs came with two outs. Three of the runs got on base initially by walks and another by a hit-by-pitch.
“That’s what good teams do,” Johnson said. “They’re going to win free bases. That’s what they did all week.”
The Horned Frogs did it in the first two innings after Prater had two outs with no one on both times.
In the first, a pair of two-out walks were followed by Johnny Rizer’s three-run home run to left.
The next inning, Prater walked a batter, hit the next and then Jake Guenther delivered an RBI single.
Out of that rocky start, Prater made it through five innings.
Diego Muniz, a freshman from Rockwall, Texas, keyed Oklahoma’s offense Sunday.
In the first inning, he walked and then came around to score on Tyler Hardman’s single three batters later. In the third, he led off with a double and scored on Brylie Ware’s groundout.
Then in the ninth, with the Sooners down to their last out, Muniz ripped a two-run double down the left-field line to keep the game alive and pull OU within two before James Notary closed out the Sooners a batter later.
None of the three games in the series were decided by more than two runs.
“We don’t give up whatsoever,” Muniz said. “We battled nine innings today, but we just fell short in the end. That’s all it was. We’re resilient. We never gave up.
“You build off of that going into next week with big games coming up.”
After playing home games Tuesday and Wednesday against Texas Southern, the Sooners play 11 consecutive games away from home.