Oklahoma coach Sonny Golloway looks on after the Sooners' 3-2 loss to South Carolina on Thursday. AP PHOTO
"I was just trying to get something started.”
Still, Ogle said he didn't allow himself to celebrate.
"Right when I got back in the dugout,” Ogle said, "the first thing in my mind was, 'Let's go win a ball game.'
"Because I knew it wasn't over.”
Far from it, especially with Bradley Jr. lingering, due up fourth, if South Carolina could just get the game to him.
Robert Beary, hitting in the nine hole, got things started with a leadoff single and a one-out stolen base. Duke moved within an out, then a strike, of securing the win, when he got Whit Merrifield to pop out and ran the count to 3-2 on Bradley Jr.
But after going hitless in his first five at-bats, Bradley Jr. pulled the payoff pitch into right field.
"When pitching to him, we had a plan and we went out and tried to execute the plan,” Golloway said. "For the most part, we tried to stay away. I looked at the video board, looked like maybe the ball ran back in a little bit and he put a swing on it.
"You can't fault the pitcher. You gotta give the hitter credit. He did his job. And he did it in a pressure situation.”