NORMAN – Oklahoma kept stranding runners Sunday night, mounting frustrating for the Sooners and their fans.
OU pitcher Bobby Shore just kept mounting outs, before finally turning the final five outs over to Jeremy Erben, securing a 3-2 win over North Carolina that sends the Sooners on to the Super Regional round next weekend.
Shore, inconsistent during the season and just 3-3 over his last six decisions, allowed just four hits over a season-best 7 1/3 innings, striking out six without walking a batter to improve to 9-4.
Erben worked out of an inherited jam in the eighth, getting two popups with runners at first and third. And he finished the win with a scoreless ninth.
More importantly, the Sooners improved to 47-15, rolling unbeaten through the Norman Regional. OU now awaits the winner of the Charlottesville Regional, where host Virginia was pushed to an if-necessary championship game Monday night against St. John’s.
If Virginia wins, the Sooners will travel there for a best-of-three series. If St. John’s wins, OU is likely to host, making its first Super Regional appearance since 2006.