June 20, 2010

OMAHA – The Oklahoma Sooners survived two lengthy weather delays and a ninth-inning rally from the South Carolina Gamecocks to post a 4-3 victory on Sunday in the third game of the College World Series.

After rain delayed the game four hours from the outset, Oklahoma wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first.  Chris Ellison led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Max White and scored on Tyler Ogle’s RBI single to right field with two outs.
South Carolina answered in the top of the second when Christian Walker clobbered a solo blast over the left-center wall for his eighth home run of the season, tying the game at 1-1.

The Sooners re-took the lead in the bottom of the second when Caleb Bushyhead connected on his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to right which made it 2-1.  

The Gamecocks responded once again when Jackie Bradley Jr. led off the top of the fourth with a solo homer to right.  His 12th homer of the season tied the game at 2-2.

The back-and-forth affair saw the Sooners re-take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.  Cody Reine led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cameron Seitzer and scored on a RBI single to right by Bushyhead.

Lightning then brought a halt to the game at 6:59 p.m. CT, 94-minutes after the first pitch, in the middle of the sixth inning.  The game resumed at 9 p.m. CT, with the second delay lasting two hours and one minute due to a mixture of rain and lightning.

With the score remaining 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, South Carolina pulled out all of the stops to remain within a run, using three pitchers to throw seven pitches and record three outs.  In their next at-bat, the Gamecocks loaded the bases with two down, but Brady Thomas lined out to right field to end the threat.

Oklahoma added insurance in the bottom of the eighth when Garrett Buechele blasted a solo homer to deep left, increasing the cushion to 4-2.  The dinger was his team leading 17th of the campaign.

South Carolina made things interesting in the top of the ninth.  Kyle Enders and Robert Beary connected on back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before Evan Marzilli walked to load the bases.  Bradley Jr. walked with two outs to force home a run and make it 4-3, but Adrian Morales then flied out to end the contest.

Michael Rocha, who allowed two runs on five hits in six innings of work, improved to 8-2 this season with the win.  Duke picked up his 12th save of the year and tied OU’s all-time record with his 28th career save.

Bradley Jr., Thomas and Walker recorded two hits apiece in the tilt.  Blake Cooper, who allowed three runs on six hits over five innings, fell to 12-2 with the loss.

Oklahoma will play the winner of the Arizona State-Clemson game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT, while South Carolina will face the loser on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. CT.