LSU Ends Oklahoma's Season

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JUNE 08, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 LSU 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 6 11 16 1
 Oklahoma 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4
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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - LaMarche 1.2 1 0 0 1 1
 L - Overton 5.2 7 4 3 1 3
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Aikin 4 1 1 0 0 0
 OU - White 3 0 1 1 1 0
 LSU - Jones 4 3 4 2 1 1
 LSU - Ross 4 1 2 3 0 0
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU ended Oklahoma's season and advanced to the College World Series with an 11-1 win in an NCAA Super Regional Game Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.

The Sooners grabbed an early lead, but a series of mistakes let LSU get ahead and grow an advantage.

"We made a few mistakes early and they capitalized - that's what good teams do," OU head coach Sunny Golloway said.

An error-filled top of the third allowed LSU to wrestle the lead from Oklahoma.

Mark Laird singled to right field, but Hunter Haley, in the outfield for the first time since May 18 due to a high ankle sprain, misplayed 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 the first of seven unearned LSU runs.

Oklahoma matched a season high with four errors.

In the fourth, JaCoby 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.

LSU led 3-1 after four innings when a lightning strike and an approaching thunderstorm delayed the game for 51 minutes. Dillon Overton (9-3), who had thrown 66 pitches, returned following the delay while LSU starter Ryan Eades, with a pitch count at 65, was relieved by Will LaMarche (3-0).

The Tigers added a run in the sixth, plating Raph Rhymes with a safety squeeze as Overton began laboring.

Jones, who went 4-for-4 in the game, blasted a solo home run in the seventh, adding 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 a pitch, and Matt Oberste, who walked, reached scoring position with two outs. Nick Rumbelow, relieving LaMarche, struck out Hector Lorenzana looking.

Oklahoma took the early advantage in the first with the pressure on to even the best-of-three Super Regional series, but the Tigers struck back in the next inning.

"We scored early and we were able to get men in scoring position at second and third early. Their bullpen was getting extremely hot in the second and third inning so we were a hit away from getting into their bullpen. Once Eades got those outs and they started tacking the single runs up, I think that made it easier for him to settle in and he pitched much better with the lead."

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.

OU threatened several times, but never found the crucial hit when it mattered most.

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.

The seventh inning ended when Rhymes lept at the wall to catch Garrett Carey's two-RBI chance that was just a foot from leaving the park.

"We had a chance; we just needed a key hit here or there, but that's baseball."

Any hope of a rally ended with the Tigers' six-run ninth inning.

Laird reached base on an error, Ty Ross doubled with the bases loaded, and 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 in the inning were unearned.




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