Baseball Bulldgos Fall To No. 15 Oklahoma

Connor Powers knocked in 3 runs

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Mississippi State saw its modest five-game win streak snapped as the Baseball Bulldogs fell 16-5 to No. 15 Oklahoma in an opening-round game at the Whataburger Classic.

The three-day tournament resumes on Saturday when the Bulldogs face No. 10 UCLA in a 5 p.m. start. That contest will be broadcast locally on WFCA-FM (107.9) and will also be available through Maroon to the Max.

Oklahoma improved to 14-1 with its ninth straight win. Meanwhile, MSU, playing its first road game of the season, fell to 9-4.

The Sooners removed all doubt from this contest by scoring 11 runs over the first three innings, including a six-run bottom of the first inning. OU actually erased a 1-0 deficit with that big outburst.

The Bulldogs scored again in the second inning when an unearned run cut the deficit to 6-2. However, OU chased MSU starter Nick Routt with two runs in the second inning. Routt (0-1) lasted only 1.1 innings, allowing seven hits and eight runs (all earned), with a walk and a strikeout.

The Sooners ran the lead to 11-2 on a bases-clearing double by first baseman Cameron Seitzer. Seitzer had three of the Sooners' 19 hits, while driving in five runs. It was the second bases-clearing double for OU, as Ross Hubbard accomplished the same in the first inning.

MSU plated three scores in the seventh inning. Jet Butler had an RBI-single, while Connor Powers drove in a pair with a base hit. The Bulldog first baseman now has 30 RBIs on the young season.

Drew Harrison hit the only home run in the contest - a two-run shot - to cap the Oklahoma scoring in the eighth inning.

The Bulldogs finished with eight hits. Powers had the only multi-hit game for the Maroon and White. Chris Ellison joined Seitzer in the three-hit club for the Sooners. Garrett Buechele, Caleb Bushyhead, Danny Black and Hubbard each had multi-hit games.

Starting pitcher Zach Neal (2-0) worked 6.1 innings to pick up the win. Neal allowed six hits and four runs (three earned), with eight strikeouts and one walk. A trio of Sooners followed, with Jarrett Seimer completing the contest.

Kendall Graveman threw 4.2 innings of middle relief for MSU. Graveman allowed nine hits and five runs (all earned), with three walks and a strikeout. Matt Lane threw the final two innings.

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