Sooners are CWS Bound – University of Oklahoma

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Oklahoma hit five home runs and Cade Horton turned in an outstanding start as the Sooners pounded No. 4 seed Virginia Tech 11-2 to win the Blacksburg Super Regional and advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
 
Tanner Tredaway homered twice, Peyton Graham put the first run on the board with his 20th homer of the season, and Kendall Pettis and Jackson Nicklaus added solo home runs. Tredaway went 4 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs.
 
Cade Horton (4-2) struck out eight over 6.0 frames and retired 11 of his final 13 batters. Chazz Martinez and Trevin Michael closed it out for the Sooners (42-22), who will make their 11th College World Series appearance and first since 2010.
 
Graham and Tredaway homered in the top of the first inning to give Oklahoma a quick 2-0 lead. After the Hokies (45-14) tied the game on a two-run homer by Carson DeMartini in the third inning, the Sooners responded with three runs in the fourth to go up 5-2.
 
Tredaway hit his second homer of the game, Brett Squires singled home Wallace Clark and Pettis brought home Nicklaus with a sacrifice fly. In the fifth inning, Blake Robertson and Tredaway plated two more home runs with back-to-back doubles.
 
Pettis made his own highlight reel in the outfield with a catch while flipping over the fence into the left field bullpen in the fourth inning and ended the sixth with a diving catch in left center, inserting his home run in the top of the sixth.
 
While the pitching was shutting down Virginia Tech’s potent offense, OU continued adding runs. The Sooners scored in each of the final six frames. Jimmy Crooks singled home Tredaway in the seventh inning, Nicklaus homered in the eighth inning and Clark brought in Robertson with a groundout in the ninth.
 
With his 20th home run, Graham became the first player in program history to record 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season.
 

Oklahoma, which is 24-10 since April 12, will begin the College World Series against Texas A&M. Dates and times for the first round of games will be announced Monday evening.

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