OU beats Texas A&M OU Sports Extra 13-8 in College World Series opener

Oklahoma’s “chips” mentality continues to pay off in the Men’s College World Series.

“We talked about being a ‘Davis’ team and attacking the Giants,” Jackson Nicklaus said after Friday afternoon’s 13-8 win over Texas A&M. “That’s our team motto lately. We just want to attack the game and play without fear.

“We had a game plan. We wanted to execute it early. We did it. Jumped on them and that led to our victory.”

OU is well known in downtown Omaha during college baseball games with little time wasted. In front of an announced crowd of 23,886, the Sooners scored in the first eight games of the game and prevented the Aggies from starting a double-elimination run.

Oklahoma will face either Texas State or Notre Dame in the upper bracket game on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Starting pitcher Jake Bennett, a Bixby High School graduate, benefited from an early offensive burst. He threw six strong innings to the Aggies for the win.

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“I think we set the table early and grabbed the momentum of the game early in the game. (It) allowed Jack to settle early,” OU coach Skip Johnson said.

Bennett added: “Our offense started fire early and it really calms you down. I just really try to execute one pitch at a time.”

After the first inning, the Sooners (43-22) went 1-0 before bursting with seven runs in the second — all scoring with two outs.

Blake Robertson (one RBI) and Tanner Tredaway (two RBIs) followed after Peyton Graham’s full-base walk The ones are scoring singles. Jimmy Crooks interrupted the inning with a three-run homer.

The Aggies (42-19) led 8-3 on Jordan Thompson’s three-run homer.

Jackson Nicklaus played the first major in OU’s MCWS history, 1-0 on the right field wall to make it 12-3.

“I don’t know it’s just the third game at this park in the College World Series. So it’s definitely going to improve a bit,” Nicklaus said. “At bat, though, they had that little pitcher meeting. And I knew I wasn’t going to be late on the fastball.”

Texas A&M will play in Sunday’s playoffs against Texas or Notre Dame.

“You have to trust them. Two big home runs when we set the table,” Texas A&M coach Jim Schlossnagel said. “So we just have to put it on and get ready to go on Sunday.”

Texas A&M cut the Jaguars’ lead to 12-8 by attacking reliever David Sandling in the seventh inning.

Johnson said the Owasso high school senior came in to gain experience, while explaining the use of Sanderling in a backup role for the first time this season. Sandlin is expected to start in Game 3 of the Sooners.

Oklahoma State adds ninth insurance to John Speckman’s RBI single.

Bennett improved his season record to 10-3. Traven Michael threw the last 2⅔ innings to earn his 11th save.

“I’ve been trying to pitch with the lead, really, all the time. I’m not really trying to go in and drive everybody out or anything like that,” Michael said. “And it’s easy for me to get used to a lead like that. And I’m assuming we’re going to have more runs in the ninth. We did it in the ninth. Another run came back. That’s what our offense did. is ruthless.”

First baseman Brett Squires suffered a fractured hand after being hit by the field, according to ESPN’s broadcast. He will miss the rest of the MCWS. He finished the season with a .310 hit rate with seven homers.

“I talked to Brett and just told him I was sorry. He really worked hard. His hitting just got better,” Johnson said. “I’m so proud of these kids. They’re just a team full of Davis. That’s what they are, people who trust each other. That’s what I’m going to say, because that’s what it’s really about.”

The 21 combined are the most points scored in the MCWS at Charles Schwab Field.


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Bennett, Sandlin (7), Michael (7) and Crooks; Dettmer, Menefee (2), Tucker (5), Prager (8), Cortez (8), Johnston (9) and Claunch. Female: Bennett. large: Detmer. 2B: Tam, Werner. Human Resources: OU, Crooks (8), Nicklaus (11); TAM, Bost (10), Thompson (6).



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