Sooners Top Army To Avoid Elimination
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - Oklahoma eliminated Army and kept their NCAA Tournament run alive Sunday, knocking off the Black Knights 2-1 in a 10-inning pitcher's duel.
Both starters pitched seven innings for their respective schools and turned in great performances. Jonathan Gray got the start for Oklahoma, giving up one earned run on five hits and striking out six in seven innings. His one run came in the bottom of the fifth on a Zach Price RBI single to center field to bring Harold Earls home to take a 1-0 lead.
Conversely, Lee Logan took the mound for Army, giving up just two hits and one earned run, striking out four in his work. In the top of the sixth, Max White drew a leadoff walk, second on a sacrifice bunt, third on a balk and scored on a ground out, scoring OU's first run and tying the game 1-1.
The contest remained knotted until the top of the 10th inning, until OU scored the winning run.
Caleb Bushyhead knocked a leadoff single to right center field, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. White followed with a single to center field, allowing Bushyhead to score from second, the go-ahead run.
Oklahoma retired three of the next four batters to end the game and continue its tournament run.
Steven Okert (9-7) picked up a win for his relief outing, giving up just one hit and striking out three in his three innings of service. Gunnar Carroll (2-1) received his first loss of the season, allowing one earned run on three hits in three innings.
Oklahoma will now await the loser of Virginia and Appalachian State, for a chance to advance to the final game of the Charlottesville Regional.