OKLAHOMA CITY–(AP June 2)–Michael Woodworth went 5 for 7 to lead a Connecticut offense that collected a season-high 22 hits, and the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Oklahoma City regional final with a 16-1 win over Nebraska in an elimination game Sunday.
The Huskies (38-24) would need to beat Oklahoma State on Sunday night and again Monday to return to super regionals for the first time since 2011.
UConn scored in all but two innings and finished with a seven-run ninth. The Huskies, who totaled 19 hits in an 8-5 loss to Nebraska on Friday, have 58 hits in three games in Oklahoma City.
Colby Dunlop (7-4) allowed five singles and one run in an efficient, career-long eight innings. Nebraska starter Reece Eddins (6-4) gave up four runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The Huskers (32-24) had dropped into the elimination bracket after losing 6-5 to Oklahoma State on Saturday night.
Boone 9th-inning HR rallies Cowboys for 6-5 win over Huskers
Trevor Boone hit the go-ahead three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, and Oklahoma State rallied to beat Nebraska 6-5 in the NCAA Oklahoma City regional Saturday night.
The Cowboys completed a comeback from an early 5-0 deficit by scoring four runs off closer Colby Gomes (0-3). After Andrew Navigato’s RBI single, Boone hammered Gomes’ first pitch to him over the left-field fence for his 20th home run of the season.
Jake Lyons (5-2) earned the win in relief and Ben Leeper pitched the ninth inning for his seventh save.
The Cornhuskers (32-23) got a three-run homer from Aaron Palensky in the first inning and a two-run single from Gomes in the third.
Nebraska starter Matt Waldron struck out a career-high 11, scattered nine hits and walked none in 7 2/3 innings. He left after Bryce Carter’s RBI double in the eighth pulled the Cowboys (38-18) within three runs.