Jett Lodes propels Oklahoma to victory, coming within one super regional game sooner

NORMAN – To avoid elimination, unlikely heroes must emerge.

Enter Jett Lodes.

The senior right-hander had played 16 games this weekend, throwing a total of 23 innings for the Sooners.

In Sunday’s second game, a regional final against the UConn Huskies, OU coach Skip Johnson gave Lodes the ball as successor to starter Brendan Girton.

He inherited one baserunner in the second inning and allowed him to score before settling down to throw the best game of his career.

The Yukon, OK, product retired a career-best seven batters in the longest outing of his career.

Lodes held off UConn long enough Scott Mudler to blast a single through the right side, putting OU on top for the first time in the top of the eighth inning.

Bryce Madron scored two more runs with a two-out double, sending the late crowd at L Dale Mitchell Park into a frenzy.

The Sooners used the momentum to close out a 6-4 win, forcing a do-or-die game against the Huskies on Monday.

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The winner will head to Tallahassee to take on eight-seeded Florida State in Super Regional action.

Oklahoma (40-20) had already avoided elimination against Duke before taking on the Huskies (34-24) on Sunday night.

With available arms dwindling, Johnson started Girton on the bump, but the OU right-hander gave up a home run to Caleb Shpur in the first at bat in the bottom of the first inning.

The Huskies added another thanks to a single by Luke Broadhurst, but Girton struck out with the bases loaded to limit the damage.

Oklahoma’s offense had Girton back in the second.

Mudler scored his first RBI of the game on a single in the second inning, but John Spikerman flew out and stranded a pair.

Girton’s walk in the second inning marked the end of his day, and it became the only run Lodes would allow until the eighth.

In the third, Michael Snyder battled through four foul balls before delivering for his team.

Finally, he squared the ball and crushed a two-run shot to the left, tying the game at 3-3.

The Sooners then got a pair of baserunners thanks to a walk and a hit batter, but Kendall Pettis grounded into a double play to slow the rally.

Back at level, Lodes closed the middle part of the game.

The Huskies had just one hit in the third, fourth and fifth inning.

With the early deficit in the rearview mirror, Oklahoma’s offense got back to work in the sixth.

A few walks through Kendall Pettis And Scott Mudler loaded the bases and Spikerman stepped back with two outs.

However, the OU star was unable to connect for his first goal of the game.

It bounced up the middle again, an easy play for the UConn shortstop Paul Tammaroto leave the Oklahoma trio stranded.

Johnson’s Sooners finally capitalized on their chances in the eighth.

First, Mudler added a second RBI single before Madron appeared to drive in three runs with a two-out double.

OU freshman pinch hitter Isaiah Lane however, was deemed to have missed third base, ending the inning, but the Sooners took a 6–3 lead in the bottom of the inning.

Lodes dropped a pop-up in foul territory, and Tyler Minick made mistakes costly.

UConn’s designated hitter went to the yard on the next pitch, cutting OU’s lead to 6-4 as the game entered the ninth.

Oklahoma failed to add any insurance runs in the top of the inning, so Johnson turned to Ryan Lambert to protect the two-run lead.

Lodes’ seven innings were the longest outing of his career, and he allowed only three hits and two walks.

Lambert eliminated the Huskies in order to set up a huge regional final between the two teams on Monday at 8 p.m.

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