NCAA Baseball Super Regional: Oklahoma At LSU

The Oklahoma Sooners will be looking for their 11th trip to Omaha as they head to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers.

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Sooners' Season Ends At The Hands Of LSU 11-1

The Oklahoma Sooners took to the field hoping to force a decisive game three against a team that looks every bit the part of a National Champion contender in the LSU Tigers.

While the Sooners jumped out to an early lead scoring their first run of the Super Regional in the first inning, any momentum or confidence they had built was quickly derailed as LSU scored runs in three consecutive innings to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the fourth. It seemed as though Murphy's Law was out in full effect for Oklahoma as soon after losing the lead, a rain delay (more like threat of rain) forced a 30 minute break in the action.

Sunny Golloway's decision was to throw Dillon Overton after the delay who beaned the first batter of the inning. Not the start he was hoping for as he would later be pulled in favor of Kyle Hayes.

That is not say OU didn't have their chances. In the sixth inning, Ty Ross recorded an RBI to give the Tigers yet another insurance run. The Sooners answered by putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs as Hector Loranzana stepped up to the plate. Heading into tonight's game, Loranzana had come up with clutch hit after clutch hit throughout the season. However, in an unusual instance for him, he took strike three looking to end the inning as the chance of inching closer to a tough LSU team was squandered.

Jacoby Jones who has been stellar this series, stepped up with a solo homerun in the eighth as the Sooners all but looked out of this game forcing Golloway to run through a handful of pitchers in hopes of finding something that worked. Instead, Golloway got some of his worst results as it turned into batting practice for LSU racking up six runs on five hits giving the Tigers an 11-1 lead.

Oklahoma looked deflated in the dugout facing Chris Cotton for the final two innings of play. Cotton is not a typical closer with his top pitches hitting 85 mph. Yet, this is a kid that throws strikes on a consistent basis and rarely walks a batter. With a mammoth of a mountain to climb, Oklahoma went down in straight games as LSU clinched the first spot in Omaha, Nebraska.

What started as a season with little expectations, ended with an incredible run to the Big 12 Championship along with an improbable appearance at the Super Regional. Now the season has ended and the Sooners have some rebuilding to do. Offense will be an issue that should be addressed on the recruiting trail while pitching will become a major question mark moving forward.


Super Regional | Day 2 Game Thread

Day: Saturday
Date: Jun. 8, 2013
Location: Baton Rouge, La.
Time: 6:00 PM CT

The Oklahoma Sooners will be looking to stay alive in Super Regional play after being shutout yesterday against the No. 4 national seed, the LSU Tigers.


LSU Prevails in Pitcher's Duel Over Oklahoma

As the Super Regional in Baton Rouge began, it was primed to play host to two of the nations best hurlers with opposing styles. Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray possess a 100+ mph fastball that he can break out at will while Aaron Nola, of LSU, throws with impressive control to keep batters guessing where the ball will cross the plate. With such high profile players going head to head, the pitch count was of utmost concern.

Locked in a stalemate, the Oklahoma Sooners couldn't get much going offensively off Nola who now stands 12-0 in starts. However, the moment to put pressure on the home team presented itself in the top of the 5th. Matt Oberste recorded the Sooners first hit with a double. Following him, Hector Loranzana laid down an increbible bunt to bring Obi around to the third and the pressure was on.

With one out and a runner in scoring position, Oklahoma failed to capitalize at the moment slipped through their fingers as LSU remained calm and collected. Nola allowed just two hits on the evening while pitching a complete game shutout.

For those watching the game live, it was easy to tell that Nola was winning the pitch count battle as he forced batters to ground out or pop out time and time again to retire the side in order.

Gray on the other hand was stellar as well, but the offensive power of the LSU ballclub was present from the early going. It wasn't until the eighth inning that the first run of the game would cross the plate. Jacoby Jones started it off with a triple marking the first time a Tiger had been in scoring position all night long. Tyler Moore then stepped in and knocked a double to bring Jones home.

It is time to regroup and focus as the aces are done. Hopefully Dillon Overton has a trick up his sleeve to slow down a potent LSU offense while Sunny Golloway motivates his Sooners to put the ball into play. Game two will be at 6:00 PM CST and can be found on ESPN2.


NCAA Baseball Super Regional: OU / LSU Game Thread

The Oklahoma Sooners will be looking for their 11th trip to Omaha as they head to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers.

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