OU Outlasts South Carolina in Rainy Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After two rain delays totaling more than six hours, the Oklahoma watched its relievers Jeremy Erben and Ryan Duke worked out of bases-loaded situations in the eighth and ninth innings to hold off South Carolina 4-3 in the College World Series on Sunday night.

“That was not an easy day,” Golloway said. “I kept looking at my watch during the delay and thinking we left the hotel at 10 o’clock, and we were at the 10-hour mark at one point. It’s a good thing the student-athletes were performing. I don’t know that my body would have allowed it after that long of a delay.”

Caleb Bushyhead homered and drove in the go-ahead run, and Garrett Buechele hit a deep drive to left in the eighth to give the Sooners a two-run cushion that allowed Duke to survive a bases-loaded walk to Gamecocks’ slugger Jackie Bradley in the ninth.

When Duke got Adrian Morales to fly out to end the game, he had his 12th save of the season and school record-tying 28th of his career.South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said both teams handled the challenge of the stop-and-start game.

“It’s just part of baseball. You have rain delays, and that was a tough one,” Tanner said. “But it was the same for both teams. And we came out fighting to the end.”

The Clemson-Arizona State game was postponed until Monday morning. Oklahoma (50-16) will play the Clemson-Arizona State winner on Tuesday night, with South Carolina (48-16) meeting the loser of that game Tuesday afternoon.

The start of Sunday’s game was delayed 4 hours, 15 minutes, and play was halted for an additional 2:01 by rain and lightning in the middle of the sixth inning.

“Our team is so mentally tough, and we knew we would continue the game no matter what,” Buechele said. “We went into the locker room, goofed around, told stories and didn’t get too bogged down about how it’s raining our first day here in Omaha.”

Bushyhead homered to break a 1-1 tie in the second, and he singled into the right-field corner to make it 3-2 in the fourth before Buechele slugged his team-leading 17th homer to deep left off submarine-style reliever Jose Mata.

South Carolina was within a run in the ninth after Duke walked Bradley on four pitches with the bases loaded. Considering Bradley, batting .371, had homered earlier in the game and is on a 17-game hitting streak, the walk wasn’t such a bad thing.

“It wasn’t a deal where we wanted to say we’re going to pitch around him,” Golloway said, “but I wasn’t disappointed to give him a base on balls.”

Sooners starter Michael Rocha (8-2) went six innings and gave up solo homers to Christian Walker and Bradley. Erben came on after the second rain delay.

South Carolina starter Blake Cooper (12-2), eight days after his pitching hand was hit as he shielded himself from a foul ball, was sharp for five innings but left with his team behind 3-2 when the second rain delay came. Cooper allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, and he struck out five.

“My hand didn’t affect me,” Cooper said. “It feels fine. I made some good pitches and they hit some good pitches.”

 W – Rocha (7-3)
 L – Cooper (12-2)
 SV – Duke (12)
 Batting Leaders
 OU – Bushyhead
 USC – Bradley

Game Notes
The Sooners have homered in 21 of the last 24 games following Caleb Bushyhead’s solo shot in the second inning … Buechele’s homer in the eighth gave OU 29 multiple-homer games on the season … Tyler Ogle has 16 two-out RBIs this season (fourth best on team) … Before tonight, OU was 22-1 when scoring in the first inning … Chris Ellison extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the first, and has reached base safely to begin each of the last four games … Cody Reine (2-for-4) produced his fifth multi-hit game of the NCAA tournament … Michael Rocha has lasted at least five innings in each of his last five starts and in all seven starts this year … Ryan Duke matched OU’s career record for saves with his 28th Sunday night. Duke tied Jeff Bajenaru, who played for Oklahoma in 1999 and 2000 … Oklahoma held South Carolina to an 0-for-8, with four strikeouts, performance with runners in scoring position.


Updated 06-21-2010

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