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OU falls 4-1 in Norman Regional to UConn

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Luke Broadhurst hit a three-run home run behind eight strong innings from Connecticut starter Stephen Quigley and the Huskies upset No. 9 national seed Oklahoma on Saturday night during the Norman Regional.

Oklahoma (38-20) plays an elimination game against Duke (41-19) on Sunday. UConn (34-23) will play the winner in the nightcap. If the Huskies lose, a final championship game will be played on Monday for a spot in the super regionals.

The Huskies took a 1-0 lead off Oklahoma starter Braden Davis in the bottom of the third inning. Paul Tammaro and Broadhurst walked back-to-back with two outs, and Korey Morton singled to left field to drive in Tammaro.

Broadhurst gave UConn a 4-0 lead in the seventh after Caleb Shpur and Tammaro reached on singles with one out, sending an 0-1 pitch over the fence to left for his seventh home run of the season.

The Sooners scored their only run in the top of the eighth inning when No. 9 hitter Kendall Pettis led off with his seventh homer of the season.

Quigley (6-3) allowed one run on seven hits and a walk, striking out two. Brady Afthim allowed a walk in the ninth before recording his eighth save this season.

Davis (9-4) took the loss. He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out ten.

UConn has appeared in the College World Series five times, but none since 1979. The Huskies have won three regionals, most recently in 2022.

Oklahoma has made 11 CWS appearances with championships in 1951 and 1994. The Sooners were runners-up in 2022.

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