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OU Rolls, Advances to Championship
June 04, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- For the second straight day, the No. 13 Sooners avoided elimination by defeating TCU, 15-6, on Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park to advance to today’s championship game against Wichita State. 

OU avenged Friday night’s loss to the Horned Frogs with the most runs scored in an NCAA Tournament game by the Sooners since the 1994 season (OU 15-4 over Texas in game two of the Central Regional).

In order to advance to the program’s first Super Regional, it must defeat the Shockers tonight and again tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the “if necessary” game.  Tonight’s game will mark the second consecutive year that OU has advanced to the title game of an NCAA Regional and the third time in the last five appearances (all came with one loss).

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For the second straight day, the No. 13 Sooners avoided elimination by defeating TCU, 15-6, on Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park to advance to today’s championship game against Wichita State.  OU avenged Friday night’s loss to the Horned Frogs with the most runs scored in an NCAA Tournament game by the Sooners since the 1994 season (OU 15-4 over Texas in game two of the Central Regional).

Just like Saturday’s game against Houston, OU received plenty of offensive support on Sunday behind a solid pitching performance.  The Sooners’ hit three home runs and Ryan Mottern (4-2), making his first start since May 2, recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Oklahoma jumped out to an early 10-0 lead with three round trippers which started with Kevin Smith’s two-run shot to right-center field in the third inning.  The previous batter, Ryan Rohlinger, drove in two runs on a double down the left-field line to give OU its first runs of the game.

The hitting continued in the fourth inning on a solo home run off the bat of Kody Kaiser.  The long ball was the second of the regional for Kaiser and fourth of his NCAA Tournament career. 

The Sooners padded their 5-0 lead in the fifth frame with a five-spot, fueled by freshman Brandon Moss’ first career grand slam. Russell Raley led off the fifth with a single through the right side of the infield and was followed with a bunt single by Rohlinger and a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Smith, who reached thanks to a throwing error by TCU pitcher Sam Demel.  All of that was followed by Moss’ second home run of the season that cleared the fence in left field.

Demel was charged with the loss and fell to 6-6 after four innings and nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits.

OU will resume action in the NCAA Norman Regional tonight at 7 p.m. against Wichita State. Tickets for the 2006 Norman Regional are still available and can be purchased at the ticket windows at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

In addition, all OU games in the regional feature a live webcast, live audio and live stats at SoonerSports.com. The game can also be heard on KOKC 1520 AM.

 

 

 

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