BATON ROUGE, La. — Oklahoma sat in its dugout and watched as the infield of Alex Box Stadium became a mass of celebration. For the second straight year, the Sooners gazed as a national powerhouse reveled in another trip to the College World Series at their expense.
There was nothing else to do after OU’s 11-1 loss to the Tigers in Game 2 of their Super Regional series.
The win secured LSU’s 16th trip to the College World Series. The Sooners, for the second straight year, were two wins shy of a trip to college baseball’s cathedral. And, once again, overmatched in the best-of-three series.
“It just wasn’t meant to be this year,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said.
Hard not to feel that way after OU dropped its second straight game in front of more than 11,000 rabid LSU fans. They got to spend the last three innings celebrating while OU struggled to get outs.
It was hard to believe after the first inning, the Sooners (43-21) actually led.
Max White’s RBI single plated Craig Aikin in the bottom of the first inning. The act of scoring actually sedated the crowd. But it was the only time in 18 innings in Baton Rouge, OU caused the scoreboard to flip.
“We couldn’t get over the hump in terms of quieting this atmosphere,” White said.
In that sense, it was similar to what happened to OU Friday night as well.
OU didn’t get shut out, but it only had five hits Saturday — none for extra bases and only one with the chance to bring in a run.
The Tigers (57-9) effectively countered OU’s Dillon Overton (9-3). The left-hander took the loss. He held the Tigers to three earned runs on seven hits over 5 2-3 innings.
It wasn’t a matter of the Tigers lighting up Overton. He fought an uphill battle from the third inning on. The Sooners committed four errors — matching a season high — with three coming in the third inning.