OU trounced Virginia Tech 10-4 on Sunday night, winning the Blacksburg regional. Here’s some rapid reaction:
Virginia Tech catcher Chad Morgan roped a single up the middle in the sixth inning, scoring one run and sending another potential one right behind it. But OU outfielder Max White, already known for his big arm, uncorked a missile from center, gunning down the trail runner at the plate and keeping the Sooners in front 4-3. The final score, a six-run blowout, doesn’t truly reflect the importance of this highlight play, which abruptly ended the Hokies rally and heavily shifted the momentum back toward the Sooners.
It was over when…
…OU poured it on in the ninth inning, turning a 4-3 nailbiter into a 10-3, and eventually 10-4, laugher. Everyone in the Sooner lineup contributed, a theme of the weekend, including a two-run single by Jack Mayfield and a two-run double by Hector Lorenzana that ripped all hope away from the home team.
Star of the game – Max White
Star of the regional may be a more apt title for OU’s center fielder. He had the aforementioned momentum-changing throw from center and a few more impressive defensive plays during the weekend, but it was his hitting which carried the way. Batting in his familiar three-hole, White batted .500, going 8-for-16 with 4 RBIs and three runs. Team effort, but the talented senior led the way.
-Kyle Hayes – He’s been great out of the bullpen this entire postseason, giving up only three hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. And that continued on Sunday night, with two shutout frames late in the game which bridged the gap for Jacob Evans to close it out.
-Jack Mayfield – Three hits, two RBIs and two runs for the shortstop.
-Jake Fisher – Decent enough start for Fisher, going 5 1/3 and giving up three runs, which gave OU’s bats a chance to win it. Which they easily did.
-Hector Lorenzana – Three hits and two RBIs.
Stats of note
-OU has reached the Super Regionals in three out of the past four seasons.
-The Sooners have outscored opponents 53-21 during this impressive eight-game winning streak.
-OU is 10-3 in regional games since 2010.
The Sooners will head to LSU next weekend for an intriguing Super Regional matchup with the talented Tigers, who rumbled through their regional with ease.