BATON ROUGE, La. — A weather delay served only as a temporary postponement of a season-ending defeat for Oklahoma's baseball team on Saturday night.
The Sooners trailed by two runs when lightning halted play for 52 minutes in Game 2 of their NCAA Super Regional at LSU. When play resumed, Oklahoma could make no hay, and went on to drop the game, 11-1, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium.
The game was also a long one for Oklahoma (43-21) at the plate. A day after LSU's Aaron Nola tossed a two-hit shutout, four Tigers pitchers limited the Sooners to five hits and one run.
The win sends LSU (57-9) to its 16th College World Series appearance.
“It was a good, hard-fought ballgame,” Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway said. “We made a few mistakes, and they capitalized. That's what good teams do.”
Oklahoma's Dillon Overton (9-3) worked 5 2/3 innings, and left after giving up seven hits and four runs. LSU starter Ryan Eades went four innings, but didn't return after the delay. Will LaMarche (3-0) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win.
“Its always tough to come out and throw in front of a crowd like this,” Overton said. “Also, with the rain, you've got to stop for a while, then come out and get warm again. It's tough, but I was trying to give it my all for the team.”
LSU put the game away with a six-run ninth inning. Before that Oklahoma had chances to get back in the game, but couldn't capitalize.
In the sixth inning, Jack Mayfield was hit by a pitch before Matt Oberste walked and stole second, putting both runners in scoring position with two out. LSU brought in reliever Nick Rumbelow, who struck out Hector Lorenzana looking to end the threat.