Sooners fall 9-5 to Stephen F. Austin

Five unearned runs in the sixth inning overshadow a pair of Sooner home runs in the fourth
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ARLINGTON, TX — Oklahoma gave up a six-spot in the sixth inning against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday night, and the Sooners flopped to a 9-5 loss to the Lumberjacks at Globe Life Field.

SFA scored five unearned runs off two bases-loaded walks, a bases-loaded hit batter, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch that was followed by a throwing error.

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OU (1-2) had built a 5-3 lead off a three-run home run from Jimmy Crooks in the fourth inning and a solo blast by Conor McKenna in the fifth.

Senior Luke Taggart started and went 5 1/3 innings, but in the fourth inning was tagged for a leadoff home run to Jordan Monacy and a one-out, first-pitch shot by Clayton Loranger. Taggart also gave up an RBI single in the third inning by Cameron Crawford.

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OU coach Skip Johnson ran out six pitchers on the evenng. Junior Aaron Brooks caught the brunt of the Lumberjacks’ station-to-station work in the sixth, giving up five runs on five batters faced.

The Sooners return to Globe Life Field on Wednesday night for a 7:30 game against the hosts, UT-Arlington, before heading south for three games at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX. OU plays Auburn at noon on Friday, then meets old rival Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Saturday before finishing Sunday against Big 12 foe Baylor at 5 p.m.