The No. 11 Sooners are going back to the College World Series.
They defeated the No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers 11-0 in Charlottesville, Va., to punch their 10th ticket to Omaha and first since 1995. OU (49-16) crushed three homers and junior pitcher Bobby Shore threw another memorable game to help the underdogs become the Charlottesville Super Regional Champions.
The shutout was Virginia’s first in 142 games, spanning over two seasons, and the loss marked the Cavaliers’ first back-to-back losses this season.
OU got out to a 3-0 first-inning lead with a homer by sophomore right fielder Cody Reine, and it never looked back.
OU tacked on another run in the second when sophomore first baseman Cameron Seitzer hit a solo blast to right-center field. The homer was Seitzer’s first hit of the Super Regionals, breaking an 0-for-8 slump coming into the finale.
Seitzer went 2-for-2 with the solo homer, a single, two walks and a hit by pitch.
The Sooners expanded their lead to 8-0 after sophomore catcher Tyler Ogle hit a solo homer in the fifth and OU plated three runs in the sixth. Sophomore center fielder Chris Ellison singled in the sixth’s first run, and sophomore third baseman Garrett Buechele ended his hitless slump with a two-run double with two outs.
Reine put the game away with his second three-run shot of the game in the eighth inning. He went 3-for-5 with the two homers and six RBIs, and ended the Super Regionals going 5-for-12 with four homers and 11 RBIs.
Reine had six homers coming into the Super Regional round, and is now one of four Sooners to have double-digit homers.
Although the excess of run support was appreciated, it was almost unnecessary since Shore was on top of his game. He threw eight shutout innings and allowed just four hits, and this was his second series-clinching win during the post season.
He pitched 7 1/3 masterful innings in a 3-2 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels last weekend to clinch the Norman Regional title.
Shore was able to keep the Cavaliers off the scoreboard by mixing in his changeup, locating his fastball well, forcing weak contact and getting inning-ending double plays whenever Virginia seemed to start to mount a threat.
Duke threw the final three outs before his teammates dog-piled over him on the infield grass after junior second baseman Danny Black caught a high popup to secure the victory.
The Sooners will square off with the South Carolina Gamecocks (48-15) at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both teams knocked off national seeds to earn a trip to the College World Series.
Three national seed teams made it through their Super Regionals to advance to Omaha, including No. 1 Arizona State, No. 3 Florida and No. 6 UCLA.
Head coach Sunny Golloway was an assistant coach for OU when the Sooners made their last trip to Omaha, so this will be his first trip there as a head coach.