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.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY