BATON ROUGE, La. -- Oklahoma has three outs remaining to rally from a 10-run deficit.
LSU leads 8-1 in the ninth inning after Mark Laird reached base on the Sooners' fourth error of the game, a trend that has doomed the Sooners since the early innings, Ty Ross doubled with the bases loaded, and JaCoby Jones scored on a wild pitch. Andrew Stevenson finished the scoring with an RBI single. Alex Edward singled to left center in the next at bat to plate Stevenson. All six runs were unearned.
An error-filled top of the third allowed LSU to take a lead over Oklahoma.
Laird singled into right field, but Hunter Haley, in the outfield for the first time since May 18 due to a high ankle sprain, misfielded the ball for a two-base error. In the next at-bat, Alex Bregman hit a hard grounder that squirted by the glove of Matt Oberste into the outfield, allowing Laird to score.
In the fourth, Jones knocked a routine base hit into center field, but Max White was slow fielding the ball. Jones stretched the play into a double and then Jared Foster hit a two-out, RBI single two at-bats later.
Game 2 of the Baton Rouge Super Regional resumed after a 51-minute weather delay in the top of the fifth inning.
The Tigers added a run in the sixth, plating Raph Rhymes, who drew a walk to lead the inning, with a safety squeeze as Overton labored following the extensive delay.
Jones, who is 4-for-4 in the game blasted a solo home run in the seventh, adding his second and LSU's fifth run to the board. Kyle Hayes, who relieved Overton after 5 2/3 innings, had retired six of seven batters before facing Jones.
The Sooners threatened in the bottom of the sixth without getting a hit as Jack Mayfield, hit by pitch, and Matt Oberste, walk, reached scoring position with two outs, but Nick Rumbelow, relieving Will LaMarche who took over after the weather delay, struck out Hector Lorenzana looking at a change-up.
With Taylor Alspaugh on first, Garrett Carey smacked a long fly to left that Rhymes caught leaping to the top of the wall, ending the seventh.
Oklahoma took the early advantage in the first as it tries to even the best-of-three Super Regional series with LSU Saturday at Alex Box Stadium, but the Tigers struck back in the next inning.
Craig Aikin led off with a single and scored as White lifted a full-count fastball to right center. In the top of the frame, Overton survived a brief scare as Mason Katz's fly ball looked as it might have enough to carry the left field fence, but Aikin caught the ball at the warning track for the third out.
Rhymes led off the second with a single and was moved to second with a sacrifice bunt. Jones singled up the middle to score Rhymes and tie the game.
In the bottom of the second, the Sooners put two runners in scoring position, but couldn't get the hit to put them across the plate.
|2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional|
|Saturday, June 8||Game 2 | 6 p.m. CT | ESPN2|
|Sunday, June 9||Game 3 | 6 p.m. CT | ESPN2 (If necessary)|
|Online||NCAA Baseball Central|
|Location||Baton Rouge, La. | Alex Box Stadium - Skip Bertman Field|
|Radio||Sooner Sports Network | Sirius XM 91|
|Live Stats||SoonerSports.com GameTracker|
|Additional Info||Twitter | Instagram | Media Guide | Game Notes|
Oklahoma is at its penultimate destination in its Road to Omaha. The Sooners start a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series against LSU Friday night at 6 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium.
No. 14 Oklahoma (43-20) makes its third NCAA Super Regional appearance in four years and fourth overall after a clean sweep of the field at the Blacksburg Regional.
The series will be broadcast on ESPN Friday night and ESPN2 for the remaining games with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Kyle Peterson (analyst) and Kaylee Hartung (reporter) calling the action. Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (analyst) will be on the Sooner Sports Radio Network broadcast, airing in the Oklahoma City metro area on Sportstalk 1400 AM.
All three games of the series will also be broadcast on Sirius XM satellite radio Ch. 91.
Oklahoma ran through a competitive field at the Blacksburg Regional with wins in all three of its contests. The Sooners opened with a 7-3 comeback win over 3-seed Coastal Carolina and emerged victorious in a 12-inning affair with 4-seed Connecticut, 5-3, to reach the regional final. In the final, OU's offense put together two strong innings to advance with a 10-4 win over the host and 1-seed Virginia Tech. The Sooners scored four runs in the sixth and six in the ninth, while posting 11 of their 13 hits for the game in those two innings. Senior center fielder Max White was named the Blacksburg Regional Most Outstanding Player with an 8-for-16 performance in the three games.
The Sooners have been to three NCAA Super Regionals, all under Head Coach Sunny Golloway. The first came in 2006, followed by trips in 2010, which led to a College World Series appearance, and last season. Overall, OU is 3-5 in its three Super Regionals, having won in three games in 2010 over Virginia after dropping the series opener. Last season, Oklahoma fell to two-time defending National Champion and eventual runner-up South Carolina in two games.
LSU is seeking its 16th berth in the College World Series and its first since the Tigers won the 2009 national championship. The Tigers are ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, by USA Today, by Perfect Game and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
The 2013 Tigers established a school record for most regular-season victories (48) and for most regular-season SEC wins (23). The 2013 club needs two wins to tie the LSU and SEC mark for most overall victories in a season (57), set by the 1997 Tigers.