Sooners drop super regional opener

If the Sooners are to make their 11th College World Series, they'll have to win two more games on elimination.

The South Carolina Gamecocks shutout the Sooners 5-0 in the Columbia Super Regional opener Saturday evening.

USC pitcher Michael Roth, in his final appearance, danced around some trouble and shaky pitching at times to toss his third shutout of the season and improve to 7-1.

On the other hand, Sooner pitcher Jordan John, who has been so good as of late, wasn't nearly as effective as he's been in recent days, allowing a three-run second inning that stopped his appearance after two.

Pitcher Dillon Overton came in relief and surrendered just a pair of earned runs in six innings, while striking out six and giving up equally as many hits.

The Gamecock three-run second featured an RBI double by third baseman L.B. Dantzler, a passed ball that plated designated hitter Erik Payne, followed up by a sacrifice fly that scored Dantzler and made it 3-0.

In the seventh, USC added two more on RBI singles from shortstop Joey Pankake and first baseman Christian Walker.

OU certainly had its chances, stranding six base runners, including a pair in scoring position.

Right fielder Cody Reine narrowly missed a homer in the top of the second that would have given it an early 1-0 lead, but he then singled and was unable to score in that inning.

The two get back to action with game two slated for 6 p.m. CT Sunday on ESPNU and Sportstalk KREF 1400 AM.

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