BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP/WFXR) – Tanner Tredaway hit two solo home runs and two doubles, Cade Horton pitched six strong innings and Oklahoma rolled to an 11-2 victory over No. 4 overall seed Virginia Tech to win the Blacksburg Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.
“I’m going to speak for us and say this sucks pretty bad. We didn’t get it done on offense today and that’s pretty much the moral of the story,” Hokies sophomore catcher Cade Hunter said. “Not to much to be happy about but we can still celebrate the season and what we did together.”
Peyton Graham homered with one out in the top of the first and Tredaway cleared the fence with two outs to give the Sooners a 2-0 lead.
Virginia Tech freshman Carson DeMartini hit a two-run shot to knot the score at 2-2 in the third.
Tredaway hit a go-ahead homer leading off against Hokies starter Jordan Geber (1-2) in a three-run fourth, Brett Squires had a RBI single and Kendall Pettis drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly for a 5-2 lead.
“Sucks that we couldn’t accomplish our ultimate goal of getting to Omaha but I think we accomplished a lot of things,” Hokies junior utility Nick Biddison said. “We just fell short of our ultimate goal and we’re all going to look back at the season as a success. Our last game was kind of a failure but I think everything we’ve done is pretty special.”
Though the Hokies fell one win shy of Omaha, the team accomplished its deepest postseason run in school history and won the ACC regular season title.
“It’s tough because you’re not facing a bad team. You’re facing a good team and I think our guys have been pretty effective in how they pitch the last couple of days and it just didn’t really happen today. I don’t know whether our guys are tired or if they didn’t have anything left in the tank. I’m not really sure,” Hokies head coach John Szefc said. “But I don’t even know what to say about this group of guys. I’ve been around some pretty good teams over the years and this group of guys is a special group of guys.”