The Oklahoma Sooners have landed in Omaha, Nebraska for the final World Series to take place in the historic Rosenblatt Stadium. The Sooners have won two National Championships in the stadium, the last taking place in 1994, and hope to carry their hot play into a third.
Oklahoma has proven to be quite the resilient team in the postseason, defeating Kansas for the Big 12 Championship with come-from-behind victories and taking out highly favored Virginia with a barrage of home runs.
Heading into the World Series, here are four Sooners to keep an eye on.
Cody Reine – Reine was the MVP of the Sooner’s super regional victory, hitting two home runs in each of the Sooners wins. Reine, the sophomore outfielder from Walker, La. has hit .393 in the postseason with 5 HR and 15 RBI. In the super regional against Virginia, he hit .416 with 4 HR and 11 RBI, helping give Virginia their first series loss of the season.
“I wasn’t ready for the season to end, so I was willing to do anything in my power to make sure the season didn’t end right now,” said Reine, a sophomore. “I was able to help us out a lot, and it’s just a great feeling.”
Garrett Buechele – Buechele was drafted in the 18th Round of the 2010 MLB draft. The sophomore infielder was chosen by the Texas Rangers, the same team his father Steve played for 889 games in his career. If this is Buechele’s final season as a Sooner, he is going out in style. Buechele hit .371, leading the Sooners on the season, with 16 HR and 64 RBI, also team leading numbers. He experienced a career-high 19 game hitting streak, his second double-digit streak of the season. He hit .500 with a homer and 2 RBIs in the Big 12 Championship and ranks third in the Big 12 for home runs for the season.
Bobby Shore – Shore is an All-American who has pitched lights out in the postseason. Against North Carolina in the super regionals, Shore allowed one earned run in 7 1/3 innings pitched. He followed that up with eight shutout innings against Virginia. During both appearances, games in which the Sooners clinched the series, he is 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA, 11 Ks and two walks.
“We play in a real tough conference, the Big 12,” Shore said to ESPN. “Our conference tourney got us ready to play in big atmospheres against really good competition. We’ve faced a lot of good players and hitters. We’re a confident team.”
Tyler Ogle – Catcher Tyler Ogle finished the regular season on fire. In the regular season finale against Kansas, he hit .363 with 2 HR and 6 RBI to wrap up the season series. He was the catalyst for both of the season ending come-from-behind victories. He followed that up in the Big 12 Championship, hitting .384 with another homer and 2 RBIs. In the second game against Virginia he knocked in his third home run of the postseason as the Sooners offense heated up.
Oklahoma plays South Carolina in their first game of the 2010 World Series Sunday, June 20 at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast on ESPN and tickets can be purchased at 800-456-GoOU.
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