Oklahoma's bats keep Sooners alive in tourney
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.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press