Dallas Colleges: appalachian state
Harrison (1-0), a first baseman converted to a pitcher this year, had worked only 9 1/3 innings this season before coach Sunny Galloway handed him the ball for the most important game of the season. He allowed just three hits and two runs, struck out four and walked three.
The Sooners (42-23), who lost their opening game of the regional to the Mountaineers, completed a comeback that saw them eliminate Army and host Virginia on Sunday, then win two against the Appalachian State to advance to the super regional next week at South Carolina.
The Mountaineers (41-18) were making their first NCAA tournament appearance in 26 years and looking for their first regional title, but came up short on a day when the Sooners bats came alive. Oklahoma had 13 hits in winning the opener 14-6, and added 10 more in the clincher.
The Sooners had managed just 11 hits total in their first three games.
Oklahoma also went to work right away after Harrison allowed an RBI double by Daniel Kassouf in the top of the first. Caleb Bushyhead and Evan Mistich walked with one out, and Matt Oberste single in a run, his fifth hit and fifth RBI in as many at-bats to that point on the day.
With two out, Mayfield hit a liner to deep left, and Brandon Burris got a glove on the ball, which then squirted free as two runs scored, giving Harrison a 3-1 lead to work with.
He didn't allow another run until the sixth, and Jordan John came back from pitching eight innings in the loss on Saturday and worked two innings. He left after allowing a single to Jeremy Dowdy start the ninth, and Steven Okert came on and retired the next three to end it.
The Sooners now move to Columbia, S.C., where the Gamecocks are two-time defending national champions and riding an unprecedented 19-game winning streak in the NCAA tournament.
They did it behind Harrison, and by responding every time the Mountaineers scored.
After going ahead 4-1 in the third on Mayfield's sacrifice fly, the Sooner saw Appalachian State pull within 4-2 in the sixth on Daniel Kassouf's sac fly following Callaway's triple.
In the bottom of the inning, the Sooners answered.
Garrett Carey singled with one out, and was erased when shortstop Callaway fielded Erik Ross' grounder up the middle at shortstop and opted to get to the bag himself. He got the out, but Ross beat his throw to first. Ross was then picked off, but the speedy outfielder beat the throw to second, and scored easily on Tanner Toal's single -- hit first hit all weekend.
John worked the next two innings, allowing just one hit until Dowdy singled to start the ninth, and Okert finished it with a strikeout and two fly ball outs.
The Sooners (41-23), who eliminated Army and host Virginia in must-win games Sunday, fell behind 3-0 after three innings, but scored three in the fourth, four in the sixth and seventh and three more in the eighth.
Reine also hit a two-run triple and a sacrifice fly, and Matt Oberste went 4 for 4 and drove in four for the Sooners.
Reliever Steven Bruce (2-0) went 3 2-3 innings, allowing three runs, for the victory.
Appalachian State (41-17), seeking its first regional championship, got 11 hits and drew 10 walks against five Oklahoma pitchers, but stranded 14 runners.
Rob Marcello (6-5) lasted five innings and allowed just three hits, but six runs, to take the loss.
Arrowood (11-0) had a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings before Max White's single to center. He allowed one run, struck out nine and walked three. Closer Nathan Hyatt escaped a jam in the eighth, but he and Ryne Frankoff struggled to finish it in the ninth.
Trey Holmes had three hits and scored twice, and brother Noah drove in a pair for Appalachian State (40-16). The last three hitters in the Mountaineers' lineup accounted for seven of the team's 10 hits.
Left-hander Jordan John (8-7) worked into the ninth for Oklahoma (38-23), but made two of the Sooners' four errors.
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