Oklahoma Tops Virginia 10-7 in Game 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Oklahoma topped Virginia 10-7 in Game 2 of the Charlottesville Super Regional on Sunday at Davenport Field to force a decisive Game 3 on Monday. The Cavaliers and Sooners will meet at 7 p.m. Monday for a trip to the College World Series in Omaha. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
Oklahoma used three home runs, two by Cody Reine, to down Virginia and keep its season alive. Reine finished the day going 2-for-3 with five RBIs to lead the Sooners.
Virginia (51-13) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Phil Gosselin led off with a single and scored on Dan Grovatt’s double to the right-centerfield gap. Jarrett Parker’s two-out double drove in Grovatt, before Parker was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple to end the inning.
Oklahoma (48-16) answered with four runs in the bottom of the first. Chris Ellison led off with a single and Garrett Buechele was hit by a pitch. Tyler Ogle’s single drove in Ellison for the Sooners’ first run. Reine followed with a three-run homer to right to give Oklahoma a 4-2 lead.
In the top of the third, Virginia scored a pair of runs to tie the game. The Cavaliers loaded the bases with no outs. Grovatt and Steven Proscia followed with sacrifice flies to plate two runs.
The Sooners retook the lead with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Buechele and Ogle led off the innings with walks. Caleb Bushyhead’s single up the middle drove in Buechele and Ogle scored on Danny Black’s sacrifice fly.
Oklahoma doubled its lead in the bottom of the fifth. Ogle singled to lead off the inning and Reine followed with his second homer of the day, a two-run shot to make the score 8-4.
Virginia closed to within one run, 8-7, in the top of the sixth. John Hicks singled and Franco Valdes walked, setting up Gosselin’s three-run homer over the leftfield bleachers.
In the bottom of the sixth, Oklahoma extended its to lead to 10-7. Ellison’s leadoff single was followed by Max White’s two-run homer.
Virginia was led offensively by Gosselin, who went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Jack Mayfield, who pitched 3.1 innings of relief, allowing three runs on six hits, picked up the win for Oklahoma to improve to 5-0 on the season. Robert Morey took the loss for Virginia, allowing six runs on three hits in two-plus innings of work. He falls to 9-4 on the season. Jeremy Erben pitched the final 2.2 innings for the Sooners, allowing just one hit, to pick up his fifth save of the year.