OU baseball: OU beats Virginia Tech, advances to Super Regional in Baton Rouge

Sooners bust host Hokies 10-4 to win regional championship in Blacksburg
BY PATRICK OBLEY, For The Oklahoman Published: June 2, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Dusty Dishman, left, Kyle Hayes, center, and Craig Aikin, right, celebrate with teammates following an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game at English Field in Blacksburg, Va., Sunday, June 2, 2013. Oklahoma won 10-4. (AP Photo/Michael Shroyer) ORG XMIT: VAMS163
Oklahoma's Dusty Dishman, left, Kyle Hayes, center, and Craig Aikin, right, celebrate with teammates following an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game at English Field in Blacksburg, Va., Sunday, June 2, 2013. Oklahoma won 10-4. (AP Photo/Michael Shroyer) ORG XMIT: VAMS163

“I don't get real high or real low,” Sooners coach Sunny Golloway said. “But I was fired up. I thought I was going to have to run out to center field because Max wouldn't come off the field fast enough to get with him.”

That score held up until the ninth when the Sooners let loose a six-run barrage powered by RBI bunt singles from Craig Aikin and Jack Mayfield and a two-run double by Hector Lorenzana.

After getting the final out, the Sooners dogpiled in front of the pitcher's mound and celebrated a second regional victory within the Virginia border. The Sooners came through the Charlottesville regional to advance in 2012. To conjure more kharma, Oklahoma hired the same bus driver from a year ago and 2010, when they defeated Virginia to advance to the College World Series.

“We played at Virginia and now Virginia Tech and we have found success in this state and we actually have had the same bus driver that we had (here) the last two times,” White said. “Bernard.”

Virginia Tech committed four errors and had runners thrown out at home twice to end innings.

“If you don't play clean baseball, you're not going to win the game,” Virginia Tech coach Pete Hughes said. “So credit Oklahoma for playing clean baseball.”

Oklahoma advanced to its third super regional in four seasons with a senior class that owns a school record-tying 176 victories.



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