College World Series

Sooners & Irish win Friday CWS games in Omaha

College World Series

Sooners get on roll early, beat Aggies 13-8 in CWS opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jackson Nicklaus hit a grand slam, Jake Bennett pitched six strong innings and Oklahoma jumped on Texas A&M early in a 13-8 win in the College World Series opener. The Sooners scored seven runs with two outs in the second inning to lead 8-0 and then turned back the Aggies’ comeback bids in the highest-scoring CWS game since 2008. The Sooners will play Sunday against Notre Dame, a 7-3 winner over Texas on Friday night. Texas A&M will face Texas in an elimination game. The Aggies have lost nine straight CWS games since 1993.

Notre Dame holds down Texas offense, wins CWS opener 7-3

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — John Michael Bertrand and two relievers held Texas’ potent offense in check and Notre Dame scored in all kinds of ways in a 7-3 victory Friday night in its first College World Series game in 20 years. The Irish carried over their momentum from eliminating No. 1 national seed Tennessee in super regionals with a strong all-around performance against the program making its record 38th appearance in Omaha. Notre Dame will play Oklahoma on Sunday. The Longhorns will face rival Texas A&M in an elimination game. Bertrand limited the Longhorns to three runs on six hits and Alex Rao and Jack Findlay gave up no hits in 3 1/3 innings.

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