Virginia Tech drubs Oklahoma 14-8 to force showdown

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Nick Biddison hit two of No. 4 overall seed Virginia Tech’s five home runs, including one to lead off the game, and the Hokies stayed alive in the Blacksburg Super Regional with a 14-8 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday.

The win by Virginia Tech (45-12) forces a winner-take-all game with Oklahoma (40-22) on Sunday for a berth in the College World Series. The Sooners beat the Hokies 5-4 in Friday’s opener. The Sooners are aiming for their 11th CWS appearance — winning the event in 1951 and 1994. Virginia Tech has never been to the CWS and just won its first regional tournament.

Gavin Cross and Cade Hunter hit two-run shots in the third to put Virginia Tech ahead 5-0.

Oklahoma scored three in the bottom of the third — on a RBI single by Blake Robertson and a two-run single by Jimmy Crooks — and added another run in the fourth on a solo homer by Brett Squires to get within 5-4.

The Hokies pulled away with a four-run fifth — sparked by Tanner Shobel’s lead-off home run. Carson Jones’ two-run single in the sixth led to three runs and a 12-5 lead. Biddison capped the scoring with a solo homer in the ninth.

Jonah Hurney (6-1) pitched four shutout innings in relief to get the win. He allowed just two hits, striking out seven.

David Sandlin (8-4) took the loss for Oklahoma, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out six.

Stacee R. Grigg

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