Oklahoma Suners beat Notre Dame and advance to the Men’s College World Series Finals

OMAHA, Nebraska – Cade Horton set a career-high 11 in six innings, Tanner Tredaway continued his turbulent postseason with three goals, and Oklahoma took control of his brace in the College World Series with a 6-2 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday night.

The Sooners (44-22) need another victory to qualify for the best of the three finals starting on Saturday. They will play on Wednesday against the winner of Tuesday’s elimination match between Notre Dame (41-16) and Texas A&M. Aggie beat Texas 10-2 on Sunday.

With three freshmen, five sophomores and seniors in the daily squad and selected to finish sixth in the Big 12, Oklahoma was not expected to be in that position. The Sooners warmed up in the second half of the regular season, won the conference tournament and set out to win their regional and superregional.

“Winning the national championship has always been the goal and we have it from the beginning,” said new baseman Wallace Clark. “It’s not a new idea. Even when we lost a game in the middle of the week, we’re going to talk about it. The idea behind it was that we were going to win the whole damn thing.”

Horton, who underwent surgery on Tommy John 16 months ago and did not join until March 29, made at least six innings for the third consecutive start. The freshman with the red shirt kept the Irish without a score in three singles in the first five innings.

Horton (5-2) gave up David LaMana’s homer to leave in the sixth and did not come out in the seventh. He threw 100 shots for the season.

“When you’re in the mid-90s, you have a good slider, you have a meandering ball and it flashed periodically with a change … That was a lot. We obviously didn’t recognize it,” said Irish coach Link Jarrett.

Tredaway continued to be a catalyst for the Sooners. He now beats 0.513 (20 of 39) in the NCAA tournament after making 3 to 4 and extending his streak to 16 games. He drove in two series and scored twice.

“I really like to keep things simple,” Treadway said. “I’m getting into models like this, where I can go on for a long time and do pretty well. I try not to go out of my zone. I think the two-stroke approach has been really good for me over the last few weeks. I try to achieve good pitches and do my own thing and be on time.

Notre Dame starter Austin Temple passed three of the eight wrestlers he faced and was drawn with one in the second. Relief Aidan Tyrell (5-2) got out of the inning, but encountered problems in the third.

Peyton Graham pulled a single in the box, stole a second and scored on Tredaway’s main shot. Tredaway took second place with a pass and returned to Wallace Clark’s single.

Sooners added three more runs in the sixth to make it 5-0. Two of them scored Clark’s blow in the precautionary squeeze. Tredaway came in third, and Jimmy Crooks followed first when Carter Putz picked up the ball and threw it wildly at Jared Miller, who was covering the bag.

Putz had four of the Irish ‘seven hits, the last of which led to his eighth inning and spurred the players on. Notre Dame dugout to grab their “rally bananas”.

The Irish pick bananas in the post-season when they need a positive mood in the late innings. If something good happens, the players eat. But Jack Zisca made a double play and LaManna took off to end the eighth.

The Irish received their first two shots on base in the ninth, but Clark stepped on the bag of the third and threw first for a double play when Zack Prysner fell to him. Trevin Michael hit Ryan Cole to end the game.

FINBALL BALL

Oklahoma’s fourth inning ended in a crazy game after Peyton Graham headed to the right, and OU’s John Spikerman rounded up second and headed third.

Right fielder Brooks Cutsey threw to third to get Spikerman, but the ball bounced off Jack Branigan’s glove when he tried to put the label on. The ball bounced off third base coach Clay Van Hook and stayed with Branigan. He picked it up and noted Spikerman, who didn’t realize the ball had come out of his glove, and turned to return to the dugout.

BREATHING

The game began with some excitement when OU’s first baseman Blake Robertson overturned Notre Dame’s track while catching Cole’s pop foul on the first field of play. Robertson raised his glove to show the judges he was holding the ball.

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