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June 19, 2013

Twice is nice for Team Oklahoma in Heartland Classic

Tourney gets off to exciting start on first day



With Oklahoma leading 2-1 Maryland had a chance to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning when Zach Correa took off from second base and tried to test rightfielder Steve Thompson’s arm with a mad dash home. Thompson’s throw beat Correa by a couple of feet and Matt Whatley tagged him out to preserve the lead.

Rigler was taken out of the game and replaced by Carl Albert’s Justin McGregor in the top of the seventh after allowing a runner to reach third base. Correa responded with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2.

Maryland’s Taylor Bloom loaded the bases with no outs for Garrett Odom. He hit a ground ball to third base and Maryland got the force out at home. However, the throw to first to force out Odom was dropped.

Oklahoma’s Gavin Lavalley took off from third and beat the throw home to win the game. All three of Oklahoma’s runs came on Maryland errors.

“In the game of baseball, you put the ball in play,” Schafer said. “It creates a little bit of pressure. It was a good win for us. Sometimes baseball can be ugly, but it was in the positive matter for us today.”

Michael Kinney   Follow @eyeamtruth

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