Sooners overcome early deficit, slam past Liberty in Regionals opener

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After the disappointment of not getting to host a Regional after winning the Big 12 Tournament, the Sooners flew off into SEC country to play the Liberty Flames in Gainesville. After trailing early 3-0, the Sooners scored 16 unanswered runs and will move on to the second round.

After allowing three runs to open the ballgame in the top of the first, Sooners pitcher Jake Bennett weathered the storm and didn’t allow another run. Bennett struck out seven batters and walked two through 5.2 innings.

OU threatened in the first with two singles but wasn’t able to bring anyone home to immediately respond to Liberty’s big first inning.

That changed in the second.

After an RBI single from Wallace Clark to get OU on the board, the hits just kept on coming from an OU squad looking to make it to Omaha for the first time since 2012.

John Spikerman and Peyton Graham both had four RBIs. Not wanting to be outdone by their softball counterparts, Graham hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth, leading to this phenomenal world play from the OU Baseball Twitter account.

The job is nowhere near finished for this team. It’s only going to get more difficult from here.

They will play the winner of Central Michigan and no. 13 Florida on Saturday. The Gators are the host of this NCAA Regional and will have a strong home crowd should they defeat the Chippewas later today.

Since losing the final game of the regular season to Texas Tech and just barely missing out on the Big 12 Regular Season title, the Sooners have won five straight.