Comeback Falls Short Versus Clemson

OMAHA, Neb.—The Sooners finished their winner's bracket game against Clemson today, falling in a narrow 6-4 decision despite a resilient comeback, but perhaps the biggest play of the game was yesterday.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning and it appearing like OU pitcher J.R. Robinson would get out of the inning on a fly ball to left, left fielder Max White whiffed on the play, allowing a run to score.

"There was a misplayed fly ball out there," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "And I don't know if the wind just caught it. [But] Max has been really good for us defensively."

A batter later, Clemson third baseman John Hinson, who was a thorn in OU's side with three hits and two RBIs, plated shortstop Brad Miller to make the score 6-1 before a suspension that lasted until resumption at 3:34 p.m. this afternoon.

A scoreless sixth preceded what became an interesting latter third of a ball game.

In the seventh, OU first baseman Cameron Seitzer pasted one over the right-center fence to cut the deficit to 6-2 at the time.

Then, in the eighth, catcher Tyler Ogle hit a solo homer of his own to make it 6-3.

That's when things became interesting.

"We were not panicked," Golloway said. "We believed we would come back and win the ball game."

A walk by Caleb Bushyhead, followed by a double from second baseman Danny Black and another walk by Seitzer, loaded the bases.

At that point, the tying runner was on first with the go-ahead runner at the plate in the form of pinch hitter Casey Johnson.

But he popped out to short, ending the rally.

In the ninth, the Sooners threatened to bring the tying runner to the plate once again.

A two-out double by Ogle scored center fielder Chris Ellison, but right fielder Cody Reine flied out to end the ball game.

The Sooners took the early lead 1-0 last night when Bushyhead recorded an RBI single, but a self-imposed jam by starting pitcher Bobby Shore—he threw 14 straight balls en route to three four-pitch walks—allowed Clemson to post a four-run fourth and sneak out to a 4-1 advantage.

"Yeah, I could not throw a strike," Shore said. "I just went out there, and I was trying to throw the ball right down the middle especially on the bunts just trying to force contact, and it was just one of those things where I couldn't throw a strike."

That put OU in a tough spot, and ultimately the Sooners could not fight all the way back, leaving them in a must-win situation against South Carolina at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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