Sooners win to set up deciding game with Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) —
Cody Reine homered twice and drove in five runs and Oklahoma beat
Virginia 10-7 Sunday to force a decisive third game in the
Charlottesville Super Regional.
The teams will meet Monday night, with the winner heading to the College World Series.
Reine hit a three-run home run, his
seventh, to cap a four-run first for the Sooners (48-16), and a two-run
shot in the fifth after the Cavaliers had pulled to 8-7.
Virginia (51-13), trying to clinch its
second consecutive trip to Omaha, squandered several chances for a big
inning, likely leaving their hopes in the hands of freshman Brendan
Kline on Monday. Kline pitched 5 1-3 strong innings in the decisive
game of the Charlottesville Regional last Monday as Virginia beat St.
The Sooners will likely counter with Bobby Shore (9-4).
Reine, who had just six home runs and 31
RBIs coming into the game, set the tone for the must-win game for the
Sooners in the first.
Oklahoma had already scored once to
answer Virginia’s two runs in the top of the inning when Reine homered
to right-center with two runners on against Robert Morey (9-4).
Virginia tied it in the third when a
bases loaded, no outs situation yielded only sacrifice flies by Dan
Grovatt and Steven Proscia, and the Sooners again answered with two in
their half. As in the first game, they got help from some
less-than-stellar defense by the Cavaliers.
Morey walked Garrett Buechele and Tyler
Ogle to start the inning, and end his day. Cody Winiarski came on,
struck out Reine and then got Caleb Bushyhead to hit a grounder up the
middle that semed playable for shortstop Tyler Cannon. Instead, the
ball glanced off his glove and into center field, allowing Buechele to
score. Ogle came home on a sacrifice fly.
A two-out, three-run home run by Phil
Gosselin in the sixth got Virginia within a run at 8-7, waking a
sellout but sun-baked crowd at Davenport Field, but Ogle singled
leading off the bottom of the inning against Winiarski and Reine again
homered to right-center.
The Cavaliers had a chance in the bottom
of the seventh to cut into the deficit, but reliever Jeremy Erben got
John Hicks to ground into an inning-ending double play. He retired them
in order in the ninth, the game ending on a called third strike.
Jack Mayfield (5-0) earned the victory after allowing three runs in 3 1-3 innings.
Updated June 13, 2010