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College | Story | 3/6/2016

Sun. Recap: Sooners, Bulldogs tie

Mike Rooney      Patrick Ebert     
Photo: OU Athletics Communications

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No. 22 Mississippi State 5, Oklahoma 5

The Mississippi State/Oklahoma game ended in a 5-5 tie due to travel schedules, however this game will provide vastly different momentum for each of these two clubs. John Cohen's Bulldogs will clearly leave Southern California frustrated since this was a game they controlled early. In fact, if not for some self-inflicted damage, Mississippi State probably wins this game easily.

Oklahoma started poorly but showed fight in working their way back into the ballgame. The bullpen effort of Kyle Tyler, Keaton Hernandez and Sheldon Neuse was terrific and looked like a strength the Sooners can build on. The combination of this effort and Alec Hansen's brilliant Saturday outing may be just what the Sooners need to jump start this season.

While Sooners’ star and former PG All-American Sheldon Neuse appeared to be frustrated with his performance over the first two days of the tournament, on Sunday his natural baseball talents took over and allowed him to make a few big statements.

Neuse lined out to right field early in the game and that was a great sign considering that he has already struck out 12 times in 56 total plate appearances (although he also has walked 13 times). Teams have focused on beating him away, especially off the plate, with the occasional fastball off the plate inside. Neuse is extremely aggressive and he often gave in to that pitching plan this weekend, thus ineffectively putting pitchers' pitches in play.

Neuse deployed a right field approach early in this game, and he forced the very talented Reid Humphreys to eventually work back inside. Neuse was waiting for him and he turned on a 93 mph fastball for a monstrous home run to left field.

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