OU baseball: Sooners shut out 5-0 in Super Regional opener
vs. South Carolina at 6 p.m. Sunday
The Oklahoma baseball team lost the first game of its best-of-three Super Regional series against No. 8 South Carolina, 5-0, on Saturday in Columbia, S.C.
How the Sooners lost: The Gamecocks took an early lead, scoring three runs in the second inning off sophomore pitcher Jordan John to end his day and put the Sooners in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.
Key stat: The Sooners went 1-for-11 with runners on base and failed to put a single run on the board.
Key performer: Sophomore pitcher Dillon Overton, who was projected to start Monday’s if-necessary series finale, entered the game in relief of John in the third inning. Overton pitched six solid innings and stuck out six, but allowed a pair of runs on six hits in the loss.
Key opponent: South Carolina senior pitcher Michael Roth threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings and held the Sooners to six hits to close his home career.
What it means: For the second time this postseason, the Sooners (42-24) will have to win consecutive games to avoid elimination and reach the College World Series. Two-time defending national champion South Carolina (44-17), just needs one more win to reach its third consecutive CWS.