College World Series: Excruciatingly Long Delay Doesn't Stop Sooners Against Gamecocks
If South Carolina Gamecock and Oklahoma Sooner players had any Father’s Day plans, hopefully they took care of them in the morning. Because they spent the rest of their Sunday at the ballpark.
After suffering through two rain delays that delayed the game over six hours, the Sooners then had to wait out a ninth-inning rally by the Gamecocks.
Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, the Gamecocks got a break when leadoff batter Kyle Enders smoked a ball under the third baseman’s glove. After a single and a walk sandwiched around a strikeout, South Carolina had the bases loaded with only one out.
But then Sooner pitcher Ryan Duke tied up Whit Merrifield on a 2-2 pitch, forcing him to pop up for the second out.
With one out to go, Duke may have felt the pressure as he walked the next batter on four pitches, none of which were especially close, making the score 4-3.
However the next batter, Adrian Morales, swung at the first pitch and lofted a harmless fly ball into center field for the final out. The Gamecocks left the bases loaded in the 8th and 9th innings. Brady Thomas smoked a ball right at the left fielder with the bases packed in the 8th.
Both teams put on a power display, as four different players hit solo home runs. Oklahoma’s Garrett Buechele hit one in the eighth inning to provide the winning margin.
Michael Rocha picked up the win for Oklahoma, improving to 8-2 on the year. South Carolina’s Blake Cooper fell to 12-2, allowing three runs in five innings. Oklahoma moved to 50-16, while South Carolina dropped to 48-16.
The second game between Arizona State and Clemson, was pushed back until 11 A.M EST Monday.