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LOS ANGELES — No. 22 Notre Dame rallied for the tying run in the ninth inning and the game-winning run in the 11th inning to defeat No. 17 Oklahoma in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon in the Dodgertown Classic at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Fighting Irish (10-3) fell behind 4-2 after Garrettt Carey hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, but as they did all day, the Irish fought back. Eric Jagielo responded to Carey’s blast with his own two-run no-doubter to even the score.
Oklahoma (12-4) got on top once again after Hector Lorenzana hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, but reliever junior college transfer Billy Waltrip couldn’t nail down his first career save in the final frame. He allowed a pinch hit double, couldn’t catch a popped up bunt with a diving attempt and then walked a batter to load the bases with no outs for Notre Dame’s 3-4-5 hitters.
Waltrip got Jagielo to pop out, but Trey Mancini hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game and send it to extra innings after Waltrip got a groundout to end the inning. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — On the first pitch he’s seen this season, Notre Dame sophomore Kevin DeFilippis one-hopped the left field wall for an 11th inning, 6-5 walk-off victory against No. 17 Oklahoma in the Dodgertown Classic Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Ryan Bull led off the inning with a walk, advanced to third on a passed ball and a deep fly ball before scoring on DeFilippis’ game-winning hit. No. 22 Notre Dame tied the game in the ninth inning before taking the win in extra innings as Oklahoma’s pitching couldn’t hold an early 4-2 lead.
To lead off the ninth, pinch hitter Phil Mosey hit the painted foul line in left field for a leadoff double. After Billy Waltrip couldn’t make a diving catch on a popped up bunt, he walked the bases loaded for the heart of the Fighting Irish lineup. He was able to get stud slugger Eric Jagielo to pop out, but Trey Mancini hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Hector Lorenzana had put the Sooners ahead 5-4 in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly after Kolbey Carpenter executed a perfect hit and run to put runners on the corners.
Garrett Carey had a two-run homer that put Oklahoma ahead in the fifth inning, but Jagielo tied it up in the bottom half of the inning with his own two-run blast.
Check out the 25-shot photo gallery from Sunday’s Dodgertown Classic game:
LOS ANGELES — On its list of preseason All-American, Baseball America listed Oklahoma lefty starter Dillon Overton as a third team member. A young, hungry USC team didn’t care on Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
Playing through a steady drizzle until the late innings, the Trojans (7-6) smacked Overton around for 13 hits and five runs in a 5-3 victory to open the Dodgertown Classic.
Oklahoma scored three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-1 lead, but USC scraped together a run in the fifth inning and then used four consecutive hits to put together a two-out rally in its next at bat. Senior Adam Landecker’s single scored a pair of runs that put the Trojans up 4-3.
Landecker, returning from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the last week of action, provided the final score of the game with his third run-scoring hit and fourth RBI on an eighth inning single to score Greg Zebrack.
USC junior lefty Bobby Wheatley allowed only one earned run as he beat Overton, one of the premier southpaw pitchers in the nation. Wheatley was supported by senior infielder Adam Landecker. After missing the last week with a hamstring injury, Landecker had three hits and four RBI in his return.
Oklahoma took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth, but the Trojans responded with a Kevin Swick RBI single. With two outs in the sixth inning, USC strung together four consecutive singles with Landecker driving in two runs to put USC up 4-3.
Landecker added his fourth RBI with a two-out single in the eighth inning to push across an insurance run for Nigel Nootbaar, who pitched the final two innings for his first career save.
For USC, senior Greg Zebrack had two hits and scored two runs while freshmen Blake Lacey and Timmy Robinson both recorded multi-hit performances as well.
Check out the 16-shot photo gallery from Friday night’s game:
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Oklahoma has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2013 Big 12 baseball regular season. In a vote by the league’s head coaches, the Sooners earned six first-place votes, totaling 62 points. League newcomer TCU tallied the remaining three first-place votes and 55 points for the second place spot.
This marks the second time the Sooners have been tabbed to win the Conference’s regular season title. In 2011, OU also received six first-place votes. Oklahoma has never claimed a Big 12 title and has won the postseason crown on just one occasion – at the inaugural event in 1997. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 47 on our Top 100 Countdown is Oklahoma’s Max White. The 6’1 center fielder from Durant, Oklahoma was a 2012 First Team All-Big 12 selection.
During his freshman season in 2010, White appeared in 62 games for the Sooners, 52 of which he started. Throughout the season, White posted a batting average of .293 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI. His success earned him a variety of awards including being named honorable mention All-Big 12 as well as a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA. During his sophomore season, White appeared in 46 games in which he posted a batting average of .286 with 11 doubles and 20 RBI. Continue reading
As we continue to count down to the first pitch of the 2013 season, we are running some of the best posters from schools across the country. We feature today the Oklahoma Sooners who are coming off a 42-25 campaign while going 13-10 in the Big 12. You can check out the poster below. Future posters can be sent to me by clicking here. Continue reading