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NCAA BASEBALL

Oklahoma beats the odds, topple Virginia Tech

The Oklahoma Sooners keep surprising the world with their underdog ways, and now they have done it again, topping number four ranked Virginia Tech

Jeffrey May
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The Oklahoma Sooners keep surprising the world with their underdog ways, and now they have done it again, topping number four ranked Virginia Tech
Steven BranscombeUSA TODAY Sports

The Sooners have been smoking hot for the better part of two months now. They entered the NCAA tournament as outsiders but made improbable advances in the regionals, upsetting number 13 ranked Florida along the way.

Going up against the number four ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in the Blacksburg Super Regional, they were clear underdogs, but have continued to bring surprises and twists to the tale.

With three early runs, the Sooners settled in to cruise control for the bulk of the game, extending their lead further in the sixth inning to 5-0. The Hokies answered back with a pair of two-run home runs in the sixth and seventh, but could never find that last run and the day ended at 5-4 to Oklahoma.

Their 5-4 victory leaves the Sooners one win away from a ticket to Omaha. Outfielder Kendall Pettis sees the key to the Sooners victory in their working together, saying, “We’re just a good team. One through nine can all hit. No matter who’s at the top of the lineup or at the bottom of the lineup, we just compete for pitches. In order for us to become a great team, we know the whole team has to contribute. We aren’t really trying to focus on Omaha, or whatever. We’re just focused on tomorrow. We just got take it pitch by pitch, step by step.”

The Sooners will go for the Super Regionals win on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT back in Blacksburg, with the game broadcast set for ESPNU.

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