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OU Notebook: Coach Sunny Golloway tells Sooners to focus on good memories

Sooners pitcher Zach Neal was rested and more than ready in elimination game vs. South Carolina

BY JOHN HELSLEY, STAFF WRITER, JHELSLEY@OPUBCO.COM Modified: June 25, 2010 at 12:28 am •  Published: June 25, 2010
uot;I mean, he pitched the game of his career at Oklahoma right here at Rosenblatt. I can't say enough about how poised he was and how terrific he pitched.”

Sooner reliever Jeremy Erben's season came full circle.

After starting the season as a valuable setup man, he was inserted into the rotation for a brief unsuccessful turn as a starter. Back in his old role, Erben starred for the Sooners down the stretch and again Thursday night, when he pitched four shutout innings.

"Heck of a ride,” Erben said. "I can't imagine my senior year being any better than this one, getting here (to Omaha). Last year at Rosenblatt.

"Unreal experience, with this group of guys. It's a long season, but one I'll remember for the rest of my life. It was great.”

South Carolina hitting heroes Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brady Thomas were having a rough night at the plate – until the 12th inning.

Both were 0-for-5 before the final at-bat, when each delivered run-scoring singles to turn a 2-1 OU lead into a 3-2 Gamecocks win.

"This game's hard,” said SC coach Ray Tanner. "It's a humbling game. You have to face adversity. I thought they did a great job.

"You keep battling and you hope it falls your way. A game of percentages. It's not going to happen for you all the time, but you've got to believe it's going to work out sometimes.”