Shore Struggles in Sooners' Game 2

OMAHA, Neb. – Oklahoma pitcher Bobby Shore had been the team's MVP during the NCAA tournament.

He threw both of the series-clinching games during the Regional and Super Regional rounds and allowed one run in 15 1/3 innings. Needless to say, those two starts were the most important and best of his short career at OU.

But those starts are long gone and are just memories that will be remembered as key components to the Sooner tale of making the program's first College World Series since 1995.

Shore recorded three scoreless innings Tuesday against the Clemson Tigers, but had little control. But the fourth inning was disastrous for the right hander.

He started the inning by throwing 14 consecutive pitches out of the strike zone, a feat that not only loaded the bases but also caused Sooner fans to pour sarcastic applause on Shore when the 15th pitch found the strike zone. Two pitches following the strike, Shore gave up an RBI single to tie the game at one apiece and forced head coach Sunny Golloway to go to his bullpen.

All three runners Shore left on base found their way across home plate, closing the book on Shore and giving Clemson all of the momentum.

Shore's final line had him throwing three innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on two hits and walking five batters.

But the mid-game box score, which can't be completed until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday because of a weather delay, doesn't tell the most significant stat of the night – outside of the 14 straight balls. Three of Shore's five walks were of the four-pitch variety.

Were Shore's control issues due to nerves built up from making his first appearance in Omaha? Maybe.

Were they because there was something wrong with his mechanics? Possibly.

No matter what the reason is, Shore dug a hole for his teammates to try to climb out of, and he'll be lucky if they can do so in time to salvage this second game.

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