CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three days ago, Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway sounded arrogant when he proclaimed his team had enough “power arms” to win four games in two days and win the Charlottesville Regional.
His statement went from presumptuous to prophetic Monday night at Davenport Field
“I didn’t lie to y’all, did I?” Golloway said after the Sooners wrapped up the run with a 5-2 victory over Appalachian State. “… Those arms are what gives us confidence.”
Drew Harrison was the final piece of that puzzle. The Sooners forced a decisive final game earlier in the afternoon by pummeling the Mountaineers (41-18) 14-6.
The Sooners were everything they hadn’t been in their first three regional games. They belted out 14 hits — three more than it had in the first three regional games combined — in the 14-6 rout to start the day. They added 10 more in the 5-2 victory to claim the series.
Matt Oberste and Cody Reine powered the Sooners’ offensive onslaught. Oberste went 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs, and Reine went 3-for-7 with a three-run homer, a two-run double and a sac fly in the opener.
It was a slugfest that OU had to use different pitchers to get through. Steven Bruce (2-0) got the victory for OU. He was the third of five pitchers to take the mound. Bruce went 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander gave up three runs on two hits.
He was blessed to be on the mound when the Sooners scored three runs on the top of the fourth inning to tie the game. They added four runs in the sixth inning, four more in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
Rob Marcello (6-5) took the loss in the opening game. He gave up five runs on three hits over five innings. The Sooners beat up the Mountaineers’ bullpen as well, collecting nine runs off relievers.