OU baseball: LSU scores late, beats Sooners in battle of pitchers

It came down to clutch hitting with runners in scoring position. LSU got the hit it needed, while the Sooners didn't.
BY CHARLES SALZER, For The Oklahoman Published: June 7, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma right fielder Taylor Alspaugh (21) heads past center fielder Max White to chase down the ball White dove for and missed during the eighth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against LSU, Friday, June 7, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won 2-0. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) ORG XMIT: LABF116
Oklahoma right fielder Taylor Alspaugh (21) heads past center fielder Max White to chase down the ball White dove for and missed during the eighth inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against LSU, Friday, June 7, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won 2-0. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) ORG XMIT: LABF116

BATON ROUGE, La. — Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray was everything Sooner fans have come to expect. LSU's Aaron Nola was just as good in a game that turned into a classic pitcher's duel.

It came down to clutch hitting with runners in scoring position. LSU got the hit it needed while Oklahoma didn't, and the Tigers took Game 1, 2-0, in the NCAA Baseball Super Regional at LSU's Alex Box Stadium.

Gray (10-3) befuddled LSU for seven innings before JaCoby Jones ripped a one-out triple to right-center in the eighth. Pinch hitter Tyler Moore doubled Jones home, and LSU (56-9) had all the run production it would need.

“(Jones) hit a good pitch,” Oklahoma coach Sunny Go lloway said. “I thought Jon made a really good pitch. You've got to tip your cap sometimes. Their guy got the hit when they needed it.”

Oklahoma (47-20) will start Dillon Overton in Saturday's 6 p.m. game as the Sooners try to force Game 3.

All totaled, Gray lasted 7 1/3 innings, surrendering five hits and a pair of walks. He struck out nine, but he was charged with both runs after throwing 118 pitches.

“We keep a close eye on the pitch count, and it looked like Nola was winning the pitch count battle throughout the game. That was getting to be a concern,” said Golloway, who planned on taking Gray out after the eighth.

Nola (12-0) went the distance, and was more efficient in the early going when he built his pitch count edge. His two-hit shutout featured 102 pitches, no walks and six strikeouts.

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