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Friday, June 18, 2010
Oklahoma could be tough out at CWS

By Josh Davis

Oklahoma punched their ticket to the College World Series in emphatic fashion, proving that the Sooners could be a tough out in Omaha.

After shellacking Virginia -- and handing Cavaliers starting pitcher Brenden Kline his first loss of the season -- the Sooners will open the CWS vs. South Carolina on Sunday.

The Sooners survived 10-inning games against Oral Roberts and North Carolina in the Norman Regional. Oklahoma outscored their three regional opponents by a total of three runs.

Last weekend at Virginia, Oklahoma dropped the first game before advancing with back-to-back wins, including an 11-0 win to close out the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Cody Reine has equaled his regular-season output with five home runs in the NCAA Tournament, and starting pitcher Bobby Shore -- voted MVP of the Norman Regional -- went eight innings vs. Virginia in the clincher, allowing only four hits and two walks.

Oklahoma needs Reine and third baseman Garrett Buechele (hitting .371) to produce in offensive-friendly Rosenblatt Stadium, along with more gems on the mound, to propel them deeper into the tournament.