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Oklahoma's bats keep Sooners alive in tourney

6/4/2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and Kevin
Smith and Kody Kaiser also homered as Oklahoma beat TCU
15-6 on Sunday to eliminate the Horned Frogs from the NCAA
tournament.
The top-seeded Sooners jumped out to a 10-0 lead and avenged a
loss earlier in the regional, in which fourth-seeded TCU came back
in the ninth inning for the win.
Ryan Rohlinger put Oklahoma (42-20) ahead with a two-run double
in the third inning and Smith followed with a two-run home run to
left. Kaiser added a leadoff homer in the fourth inning and the
Sooners scored five runs -- including Moss' grand slam -- with the
help of two TCU errors in the fifth.
TCU (39-23) pushed back with a two-run home run by Austin Adams
in the bottom of the fifth, and Andrew Walker's solo shot off
Oklahoma starter Ryan Mottern (4-2) sparked a three-run rally in
the sixth to get the Frogs within 10-5.
Oklahoma's Will Savage stopped the rally and gave up one run
over the final 3 2/3 innings to earn his 10th save and send the
Sooners to the regional championship round against Wichita State
later Sunday.
Oklahoma would have to beat third-seeded Wichita State (46-20)
twice to win the regional, while the Shockers need only one win to
move on to the super regional round. Wichita State beat Oklahoma in
two previous meetings this season.
Sam Demel (6-6) gave up nine runs on nine hits in four innings
for TCU.
Mottern yielded five runs on six hits in five innings. He struck
out eight and walked five.