Oklahoma could be tough out at CWS

June, 18, 2010
6/18/10
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Oklahoma punched their ticket to the College World Series in emphatic fashion, proving that the Sooners could be a tough out in Omaha.

After shellacking Virginia -- and handing Cavaliers starting pitcher Brenden Kline his first loss of the season -- the Sooners will open the CWS vs. South Carolina on Sunday.

The Sooners survived 10-inning games against Oral Roberts and North Carolina in the Norman Regional. Oklahoma outscored their three regional opponents by a total of three runs.

Last weekend at Virginia, Oklahoma dropped the first game before advancing with back-to-back wins, including an 11-0 win to close out the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Cody Reine has equaled his regular-season output with five home runs in the NCAA Tournament, and starting pitcher Bobby Shore -- voted MVP of the Norman Regional -- went eight innings vs. Virginia in the clincher, allowing only four hits and two walks.

Oklahoma needs Reine and third baseman Garrett Buechele (hitting .371) to produce in offensive-friendly Rosenblatt Stadium, along with more gems on the mound, to propel them deeper into the tournament.

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