NCAA Baseball: Blacksburg Regional Preview

The Sooners join host Virginia Tech, Coastal Carolina and Connecticut in the Blacksburg Regional.

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Sooners Are Blacksburg Regional Champs!

Oh how the Sooners love playing in the state of Virginia. They used some outstanding defensive plays, timely hitting and clutch pitching on Sunday to down the host school Virginia Tech to win the Blacksburg Regional.

The Hokies got to Sooner starter Jake Fisher in the second inning when Ryan Burns hit a two-out single to score Chad Morgan. Then, in the fourth, Andrew Rash went yard to right field. With a 2-0 lead it appeared as if Virginia Tech was taking control mid-way through the game.

Oklahoma went to work in the sixth inning when they plated four runs to take control of the game. Fighting to keep their season alive, Virginia Tech threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth but two outstanding defensive plays kept OU in front.

With Mark Zagunis on third base, Rash hit a blooper to towards third base. Zagunis went towards home but was thrown down by Garrett Carey who made the play by bare handing the ball on a hop and throwing to catcher Anthony Hermelyn, all in a single motion. The sixth inning came to a close when Chad Morgan singled to left field and Max White gunned down Rash at home plate with a throw from the outfield. The two plays kept the Hokies from ultimately taking the lead, holding them to just one run in the inning, and allowed the Sooners to move on with a 4-3 lead.

The score remained that way heading into the ninth and Oklahoma was hoping to add an insurance run. The ended up adding a whole lot more than that as they would plate a total of six runs to put the game out of reach.

With a final winning score of 10-4, the Sooners will advance to a super regional for the third time in four years. All three times they've gone through a regional in Virginia. Up next for Oklahoma will be Super Regional opponent LSU in Baton Rouge with the winner moving on to the World Series.


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Oklahoma vs. Virginia Tech | Game Thread

It appears the top two seeds in this Blacksburg regional will have a chance to play one another finally. Virginia Tech held off elimination with a 3-1 win over UConn earlier today and now a little over an hour later will face elimination again against Oklahoma.

With a win, the Sooners advance to a likely Super Regional match-up with SEC powerhouse LSU. With a loss, the Sooners and Hokies would play again tomorrow to determine which team would advance.

Jake Fisher is expected to start for Oklahoma tonight, but if he sees any kind of trouble early don't be surprised if Sunny Golloway goes to his bullpen early and/or often.

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A Quick Sunday Weather Update

Just a quick update on the status of Sunday's games as there are reports of bad weather moving into the Blacksburg area. The first game of the day, an elimination game between host team Virginia Tech and Connecticut has already been delayed. And since the winner of that game would then have to face Oklahoma, their delayed start time could obviously affect when/if the Sooners play today.

At this point we don't know much other than the first game has not started when it was scheduled to do so, but we'll continue to post updates here as they are available.

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Sooners In Driver's Seat At Blacksburg Regional

In almost an exact opposite start from yesterday, the Sooners got off to a hot start against Connecticut and then cooled off throughout the remainder of the game. Jack Mayfield scored on a Hector Lorenzana single in the bottom of the first, and then Anthony Hermelyn hit a two-RBI single to score Matt Oberste and Lorenzana. The Huskies got one back in the bottom half of the inning but, with the Sooners leading 3-1 after the first, it looked as if Oklahoma was in for a big offensive day. However, that would be the last time a Sooner crossed home plate until the top of the 12th inning.

Meanwhile, Dillon Overton was solid from the mound. After the first inning he kept UConn scoreless until the sixth by retiring the Huskies in order in three of the next four innings. After getting into some trouble in the sixth Overton was replaced by Ralph Garza Jr. who got UConn's Jon Testani to foul out, to catcher Anthony Hermelyn, ending a bases-loaded threat. However, the Huskies did score one in the inning to draw to withing 3-2 of the Sooners.

UConn scored the game tying run in the bottom of the 8th when Billy Ferriter crossed home plate on a Bobby Melley sacrifice. With the game deadlocked at 3-3 through the end of the 9th the Sooners and Huskies were set up for the drama of extra innings.

A two-out single by Max White in the top of the tenth gave Oklahoma some hope but it was quickly snuffed out when Matt Oberste lined out second base. The Sooners then loaded the bases in the top of the eleventh before Garrett Carey hit into an inning ending double-play.

Oklahoma wouldn't be denied in the twelfth though. Max Whited hit a one-out triple to score Craig Aikin and putting the Sooners back in front. White would then score on an errant throw by UConn's LJ Mazzilli, on a Lorenzana bunt, to give OU an insurance run. The Huskies put runners on first and second, with one out, in the bottom of the twelfth but Melly hit a line drive to Carey at third base. After making the catch, Carey was able to throw back to second to out the runner who had already taken off and couldn't get back in time.

The double-play ended the game and put the Sooners in the position of needing to win just once more to advance to the Super Regional while UConn or Virginia Tech would need to win three games in two days to advance. The Huskies and Virginia Tech will play Sunday at noon with the loser being eliminated. Oklahoma will then face the winner, at 4:30, with the opportunity to win the regional championship. Should the Sooners fall in that game, a final winner-take-all game will be held on Monday at 6:00 p.m..

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Blacksburg Regional: Sooners vs. UCONN Game Thread

2013 NCAA Blacksburg Baseball Regional

Saturday, June 1

Game 2 | 4:30 p.m. | Oklahoma vs. UCONN

Online

ESPN3.com | NCAA Baseball Central

Location

Blacksburg, Va. | English Field | Information

Radio

Sooner Sports Network | Sirius 111 | XM 202

Live Stats

SoonerSports.com GameTracker


In a bit of a twist, the UCONN Huskies surprise the host, Virginia Tech, sending them to an elimination game. Now the task will be facing the Oklahoma Sooners in a battle of the unbeatens to see who can stay on top.

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Gray Fans 11, Sooners Win 7-3

Jonathan Gray and the Oklahoma Sooners got off to a bit of a rough start on Friday afternoon but after they settled they became dominant. Coastal Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first two frames but then Gray found a rhythm. He would blank the Chanticleers over the next seven innings, striking out 11 batters in the process, while Oklahoma plated seven runs of their own.

The OU scoring started in the fourth when Colt Bickerstaff doubled to right field, scoring Hector Lorenzana. Two batters later Anthony Hermelyn came home on a Garrett Carey sacrifice. The Sooners then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Matt Oberste's single drove in Jack Mayfield and Max White. Oklahoma then scored insurance runs, 1 in the bottom of the sixth and two in the bottom of the eighth, to put the game away 7-3.

The Sooners now advance into the winner's bracket of the regional and will play the winner of the Virginia Tech/Connecticut game tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. (CST).

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Sooners vs. Coastal Carolina Game Thread

2013 NCAA Blacksburg Baseball Regional

Friday, May 31

Game 1 | 12 p.m. | Oklahoma vs. Coastal Carolina


Online

ESPN3.com | NCAA Baseball Central

Location

Blacksburg, Va. | English Field | Information

Radio

Sooner Sports Network | Sirius 111 | XM 202

Live Stats

SoonerSports.com GameTracker

The road to Omaha gets underway today as the Sooners play Coastal Carolina in the opening game of the Blacksburg Regional.

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NCAA Baseball Tourney Preview: Blacksburg Regional

The Sooners join host Virginia Tech, Coastal Carolina and Connecticut in the Blacksburg Regional.

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