After knocking off Coastal Carolina on Friday, the Sooners went out for a bite to eat. As they boarded their bus for the trip back to the hotel, the onboard satellite feed delivered the bad news: Oklahoma was under fire once more from Mother Nature.
“We were watching it and I just really didn't want to watch it,” Sooner center fielder Max White said. “After the first one (on May 20), we drove through (Moore) after the Big 12 Tournament and it was just unbelievable. ... So after hearing that there were about five tornadoes last night. ...”
White said watching Oklahoma deal with yet another frightening night redoubled the team's desire to bring home another regional title.
“I think that with this team there's a word that keeps coming up,” he said.
That word: Inspired.
“We are really inspired by the things going on and how the people back home in Oklahoma are handling things and this team is really playing some inspirational ball,” White said. “Hopefully we can pull this out.”
Connecticut's last 29 hits have been singles, including all 10 on Saturday against Oklahoma. Remarkably, this has been the Huskies' first loss since that streak began during the second game of the Big East tournament.
When Virginia Tech's Andrew Rash homered in the seventh inning against Coastal Carolina, the Hokies were a virtual lock to stay alive. The Hokies are 25-5 when hitting a home run. Pitching in what he believes will be his final start at English Field, pitcher Devin Burke recorded his 10th quality start and 11th win of the season, tying him for second place on the school's all-time single season list.
THAT'S A WRAP
It was a rough visit to Blacksburg for Coastal Carolina. The perennial postseason program, lost its first two games in a regional for the first time since 2004. In the process, the Chanticleers (37-23) lost starting shortstop Nick Oberg to an emergency appendectomy Friday evening.