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June 22, 2013

Team Ohio spoils Oklahoma's chance at avenging title loss in Heartland

NORMAN — It was not a pleasant feeling for Chris Ramsey. After Team Ohio allowed Team Oklahoma to make a stunning six-run comeback Tuesday, the Valparaiso-bound outfielder said he didn’t sleep much the next few nights.

However, Ohio got another chance to erase the memories of their collapse when it faced Oklahoma again Friday night in the semifinals of the Heartland Baseball Classic at Norman North. And once again, it looked like Ohio would let one slip away. Instead, it found a way to hold off a hard charging Oklahoma squad and win 7-6.

“It was in my head from the beginning of the game,” Ramsey said. “That definitely haunted me for a couple of nights for sure. But this win and knocking Oklahoma out erases it 100 percent.”

Ohio will face defending champion Texas at 3:30 p.m. today at Norman High in the Heartland championship. It’s the first time in 15 years for them to make it this far.

Oklahoma, which played for the championship last year, will take on Maryland at noon for third place. It’s a bit of a come-down for the host squad, particular after it began the tournament with four straight wins.

“We made a few errors, we started off slow,” Oklahoma’s Tre Edwards said. “We can’t wait until the last inning every time to come back. That only happens a couple of times.”

Oklahoma, which beat Arkansas in the quarterfinals, did its best to create a second instant classic of the tournament when it found itself trailing Ohio 7-2 in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded.

Ohio brought in Jordan Groshean to pitch. Groshean took the loss the first time the two teams met.

Gavin Lavalley smashed a two-run double to right field that cut Ohio’s lead to 7-4. Matt Whatley added a run-scoring single to get Oklahoma within two runs. After an Ohio error made it 7-6, Isaac Hollihan came to the plate with bases loaded, two outs and a chance to tie it or win it. Instead, Grosjean got him to pop out.

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