"Great college baseball game," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "In 15 of these now, you realize what your student-athletes go through, and the pressure and how things amount this time a year. Everybody wants to win so bad and, as coaches, we just get out of the way and don't make more of it than they already know what it is, and just let them go play. I just saw some student-athletes that I was extremely proud of on both sides of the field. The game came down to a few key plays."
One of those key plays came on the defensive end as Danny Black made a diving stop up the middle to keep the ball in the infield in the ninth with Ryan Duke (2-0) on the mound. Instead of scoring the potential game-winning run, it loaded the bases for Duke as he forced Chris Elder into an inning-ending ground out.
"Danny Black's play up the middle (in the ninth) was outstanding," added Golloway. "Chris Ellison clutched up. (Cody) Reine, to my right, came up big for us when we needed it."