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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

Oklahoma's best scoring chance came in the fifth with the teams locked in a scoreless tie. Matt Oberste led off with a double to left-center, and took third on Hector Lorenzana‘s sacrifice.

But Nola bore down and struck out Anthony Hermelyn. Designated hitter Colt Bickerstaff followed with a high chopper to second base, and was thrown out by a step.

“Really, what it came down to was a man on third with less than two outs,” Golloway said. “Nola got a punch out when we needed to make contact.”

In contrast, Jones got the big hit for LSU in the eighth, and scored on Moore's double. Mark Laird's single to right brought home the second run.

“I had (Jones) 0-2, and we were going to expand off the plate,” Gray said. “I threw a fastball, but I left the ball up. It was too close to the zone, and it got hit.”

Taylor Alspaugh's defensive gem kept LSU off the scoreboard in the first inning.

With Sean McMullen on first and two outs, Mason Katz sent a drive to the gap in right-center. Alspaugh made a diving catch on a ball that likely would have been a double and scored McMullen.