Norman, OK - Hofstra dropped a pair of one run games, 3-2 and 11-10 in 11 innings, as #14 Oklahoma swept a doubleheader Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Field.
The Pride fell to 0-3 on the season, while Oklahoma improves to 3-0.
In the opener, Hofstra fell behind 3-0 after five innings before rallying for two runs in the seventh. The Sooners opened the scoring in the third inning as Matt Oberste walked and came in on a two-out triple by Garrett Carey. Oklahoma tacked on another run in the fourth as Hector Lorenzana led off the inning with a home run. The Sooners closed out the scoring in the fifth following a leadoff double from Kolbey Carpenter, a bunt single by Garrett and a sacrifice fly from Anthony Hermelyn.
The Pride rallied in the seventh as Austin Nyman led off with a bunt single and went to second on an error on a pickoff attempt. One batter later, Kenny Jackson blasted a two-run home run to right to make it a one-run game. The Pride would put two more runners on in the inning, but could not get the equalizer.
John Tiedemann allowed all three runs on eight hits in five innings to take the loss, while Jonathan Gray earned the win after allowing two runs on three hits in 6 2/3 innings.
In the nightcap Hofstra held a 10-7 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but Oklahoma rallied for three runs to tie it and then scored an unearned run in the 11th to post an 11-10 victory.
Hofstra scored twice in the second, once in the third and four times in the fourth to open a 7-1 lead. Matt Reistetter and Brent Hall had RBIs in the second and Nyman had a two-run single in the fourth.
Oklahoma scored three runs on just one hit in the fourth to cut the deficit to 7-4. But the Pride tacked on two runs in the fifth as Jackson and Joe Perez had back to back singles and with Jackson on third, Perez stole second and Jackson came in on an errant throw. Kevin Brantley then laced an RBI double to plate Perez and give the Pride a 9-4 advantage.
Oklahoma scored three runs in the seventh, again on just one hit as two walks and two hit batters forced in one run, an RBI single from Lorenzana plated the second and the third run came in on a fielder's choice.
The Pride added what looked like an important insurance run in the ninth on an RBI double from Reistetter, but Oklahoma rallied with three unearned runs in the ninth to force extra innings. Dylan Neal reached on a one-out error. A Lorenzana single moved pinch-runner Justin Burba to third and after a fielder's choice allowed him to score, a single and a hit batter loaded the bases. Oberste then delivered a two-run single to tie it up.
Hofstra loaded the bases with no outs in the 11th, but a fly out and a 6-4-3 double play got the Sooners out of the inning. The Sooners would score the winning run in the bottom of the inning as Craig Aiken led off with a single and came all the way around to score on a dropped fly ball to center.
Brett Schreiber (0-1) took the hard-luck loss, allowing one hit and an unearned run in an inning of relief. Jacob Evans picked up the win with 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief. Hofstra committed five errors in the game and seven of Oklahoma's 11 runs were unearned.
Nyman, Jared Hammer, Reistetter, Perez and Hall all had two hits for the Pride, who wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.