OU outlasted UConn 5-3 in 12 innings on Saturday night, advancing to the regional final in Blacksburg. Here’s some rapid reaction:
At the time, OU’s three-run first inning looked like a potential springboard to an easy win. Instead, the all-important first inning acted like a perfect amount of life support, allowing the stalled out Sooner bats to stick in the game deep enough to reawaken in the 12th, breaking a 3-3 tie with some clutch hits, en route to a 5-3 extra-inning win.
It was over when…
…Kyle Hayes, through plenty of stress and dramatics, finally closed it out for OU. The never-say-die Huskies, who secured a spot in the tournament with an unlikely run to the Big East tournament title, made it interesting in the bottom of the 12th, putting two on with one out. But a lined shot at OU third baseman Garrett Carey turned into a fortunate game-ending double play.
Star of the game – OU pitching staff
It’s tough to win a game when you go scoreless during a 10-inning stretch at one point. But the Sooners did that on Saturday, and much of that credit must go the pitching staff. They held a pretty hot UConn lineup down for most of the night, giving up 10 hits but limiting them in crucial spots. Dillon Overton gave up two in 5 2/3 impressive innings, then Ralph Garza Jr. and Kyle Hayes closed it out, finishing the final 6 1/3 with only one unearned run.
-Max White – Two hits, including the go-ahead, eventual game-winning RBI triple in the 12th inning.
-Anthony Hermelyn – Two RBIs for the freshman catcher.
-Jack Mayfield – Made a game-saving defensive play in the hole to stop a UConn rally and send the game to the 12th.
Stats of note
OU is 24-7 in games that Dillon Overton or Jonathan Gray pitch in this season, but only 21-12 in others. Going to need to win one of two without either to advance their season another weekend.
*Correction: It’s actually 13-0. Even more impressive*
The Sooners face the winner of tomorrow morning’s UConn-Virginia Tech loser’s bracket game in the regional title game at 4:30 p.m. If OU loses, they’ll have another shot to make a Super Regional on Monday against the same team.
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