June 14, 2010
Scores, Schedules & Capsules
Shore, Shots Send
Sooners to Omaha
By Phil Stanton
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It was pitching and
Junior right-hander Bobby Shore allowed four hits
over eight scoreless innings, and sophomore right fielder Cody Reine hit two of his
team’s four home runs, as Oklahoma blanked fifth-seeded Virginia
11-0 Monday in front of 4,801 fans at Davenport Field to win the
Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.
The Sooners (49-16) will face South Carolina in
the first round of the College World Series this weekend at
Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
surreal,” said OU head coach Sonny Golloway (left). “We’re going
to Omaha the last year at Rosenblatt.”
Shore (10-4) never allowed more than one
base-runner in an inning and no Cavalier got past first. He scattered four singles and two
walks while striking out five.
“I was in a groove,” Shore said. “I was throwing
strikes. I was keeping the ball at the knees, making them hit it
Ryan Duke pitched the ninth to preserve the
“It’s so hard sometimes,” Golloway said. “You
want something so bad for the student-athletes. I’ve been to
Omaha. I got to coach there and I got to be a part of a national
championship. You want it so bad for the student-athletes that
you’re privileged to coach.”
This will be the 10th College World Series
appearance for the Sooners and the first since 1995. OU has won
two national championships (1951, 1994). Golloway was an
assistant coach on the 1994 title team.
Shore took the mound with a lead as the Sooners
got on the board in a big way in the top of the first. Chris
Ellison drew a leadoff walk and was forced at second on a
fielder’s choice by Max White. Tyler Ogle coaxed a two-out walk
before Reine blasted a homer over the bleachers in right to give
OU a 3-0 lead.
“It definitely calms the nerves,” Shore said.
“You go out there and you’ve got a three-run cushion. They got
me three runs and I have to go out there and put up zeroes. That
was my goal.”
Cameron Seitzer lined a homer into the netting
under the scoreboard in right center in the top of the second to
give the Sooners a 4-0 advantage. OU added to its lead in the
fifth as Tyler Ogle crushed a ball over the bleachers in left to
make it 5-0. Garrett Buechele had a two-run double to cap a
three-run sixth as the lead stretched to 8-0.
Reine capped the scoring
with another three-run bomb in the eighth, his fourth homer in
the past two games.
"I really can’t explain it," Reine said of his
recent success. "It’s just one of those things that finds a
player now and then. It happened to be me this weekend. It could
be anybody else next week"
Reine finished the game with three
hits and six RBI. He had two homers and five RBI on Sunday in
OU's 10-7 win over Virginia. Reine drove in more runs in the
final two games than Virginia scored in the series (11-10).
"Cody is a great player," Shore said. "He didn’t
start the season for us, but he came on strong. He’s been clutch
in big games. This is the biggest series we’ve had all year and
he comes up big."
John Hicks had two hits for the Cavaliers
“I’d like to congratulate Oklahoma for winning
the series this weekend and going to Omaha,” said Virginia head
coach Brian O’Connor. “They’ve gotten hot at the right time
which is what it takes to get to Omaha.”
(photos courtesy of OU Media