Sooners Down UConn In Extras And Now Sit In Blacksburg Regional Driver's Seat

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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