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June 25, 2010

Lack of hitting power prevented Oklahoma from pulling out a win

OMAHA, Neb. — Nothing went as planned for Oklahoma from the moment it arrived at the College World Series. There were rain delays that turned its first two games into marathons.

But even on a picture-perfect night at Rosenblatt Stadium Thursday, the problems continued. Rain didn’t stop the Sooners this time. It was the inability to score runs and hold a critical one-run lead.

Those two factors ended the Sooners’ season with a 3-2 loss to South Carolina in 12 innings at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Losing the last game of the season is hard for any team to take. But this one was harder to stomach than a bowl of razor blades.

“Every game you see here at the College World Series is a fight to the end,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said.

It truly was Thursday.

The Sooners (50-18) never trailed until Brady Thomas’ single up the middle off OU closer Ryan Duke to score Jackie Bradley Jr., and end the game.

Then again, OU never did anything to seize control either.

It couldn’t get anything going at the plate. The hot-hitting team that powered OU to its first College World Series appearance in 15 years never made it to Omaha.

The top of its order, Chris Ellison, Max White and Garrett Buechele, was a combined 2-for-14 Thursday night and the group only reached base twice.

Tyler Ogle scored both OU runs, coming home on Caleb Bushyhead’s RBI single in the top of the second inning and giving the Sooners the lead with a solo homer in the top of the 12th.

“A lot of guys pressed to do too much,” Ogle said. “It was our weakness today.”

Over 12 innings, OU was 5-for-38 as a team and only left six runners on base.

Gritty pitching was the only thing that kept OU in the game.

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