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June 22, 2013

Team Oklahoma falls to Georgia, Texas in Heartland Classic

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NORMAN — With two runners on base, Isaac Hollihan came to the plate as the potential game-tying run. However, the Claremore native popped up to end the game.

Combined with a 7-5 loss to Georgia earlier in the day, it was not the kind of day Oklahoma wanted to see.

“We just come back and get ready to play,” Matthew Whatley said. “We played two good teams today. We are just going to keep playing.”

Oklahoma’s offense came out firing to start the night against Texas. Tre Edwards and Gavin Lavalley both came up with doubles in the first. But poor baserunning kept Oklahoma from putting any runs on the board.

Texas didn’t waste any time in making Oklahoma pay. Ryne Birk clubbed a 2-run homer to lead off the bottom of the first off Garrett Benge. Then Slayton Vaugh smashed a solo home run to left field and gave Texas an early 3-0 lead.

Oklahoma answered in the second with a Gage Trahan RBI. But that would be all it could muster until the final inning.

Now Oklahoma must bounce back if it wants to make it back to the Heartland championship game for the second straight year.

“I feel like it motivates us to play better (today),” Hollihan said. “We are going to come out more competitive than the last two days. I feel like we are going to come out and play really good ball. We are looking to get in the finals and hopefully play Texas or possibly Georgia again. It depends on how we do in the first couple of bracket games.”

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