OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma baseball won't soon forget May 23, 2019.
In a Big 12 tournament elimination game against TCU, the Sooners surrendered 14 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning in a 15-3 run-rule loss to the Horned Frogs.
TCU led 14-1 after the dust settled, racking up 11 hits and sending 18 batters to the plate. That included three home runs, two triples, two doubles and four singles.
Those numbers are eye-popping, but still below NCAA records. The Division I mark for plate appearances in an inning belongs to Belmont (26 vs. UT Martin, 2015). The record for runs scored belongs to Wichita State (21, vs. Friends University, 1984)
OU starter Nathan Wiles was responsible for nine runs on eight hits. Levi Prater relieved him and allowed five runs on three hits.
The Big 12 tallied the conference tournament records broken in the process.
🚨 Records BROKEN for an inning courtesy of @TCU_Baseball 🚨— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) May 23, 2019
⚾️ Runs: 1⃣4⃣
⚾️ RBIs: 1⃣4⃣
⚾️ Hits: 1⃣1⃣
In addition, the Horned Frogs tied the record for Home Runs in an inning (3⃣) and At-Bats (1⃣5⃣)‼️ #Big12BSB pic.twitter.com/rVorOqs2jm
Not bad for TCU, but for OU, it found itself on the wrong end of history and likely saw its season end. The Sooners (33-23) were projected as one of the first five teams out of the NCAA field before losing back-to-back games in the conference tournament.
College baseball experts didn't have much more confidence after Thursday.
The NCAA selection show is Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.
Palmateer is sports editor for for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication.