STARKVILLE, Miss. — For 12 innings it was a pitchers' duel, so it seemed only fair that when effective pitching ended, so did the game.
Pete Janicki gave way to reliever Gabe Sollecito in the 13th inning Thursday, and Sollecito gave up the game-winning run without a hit in Oklahoma's 4-3 victory over UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Mideast Regional baseball tournament at Mississippi State University.
Sollecito walked Brien Eldridge and Jerry Whitaker with two out, and Mike Smedes reached base on second baseman Robert Hinds' error to load the bases. Sollecito walked Byron Mathews on a 3-and-2 pitch to force in the winning run.
The Bruins will face Clemson today in the double-elimination tournament. The Tigers beat Yale, 8-4, when Shawn Satterfield, Chad Phillips and Fred Daniels singled in runs during a five-run sixth inning.
"Our relief pitcher gave us one chance to field a ground ball, and it was the first one that we booted all day," UCLA Coach Gary Adams said. "I wish he would have given us other chances instead of walking them."
The bases-loaded walk gave Mathews his third run batted in of the game.
UCLA (34-25) took a 2-0 lead when Ryan McGuire scored on a ground ball in the sixth inning and Dan Ravitz hit a line drive home run to left field in the seventh.
Mathews singled home Oklahoma's first run in the seventh and Greg Norton tied it with an RBI single in the eighth.
Tim Kubinsky hit into a fielder's choice in the 11th to give UCLA a 3-2 lead, but the Sooners (39-21) got even when Mathews tripled in a run in the bottom of the inning.
Zak Krilock (3-3) pitched three innings of relief of Oklahoma's Casey Mendenhall, giving up one run and three hits while striking out five.
"I can't take many games like that," Oklahoma Coach Larry Cochell said. "It was an outstanding game, and it's just a shame somebody had to lose.
"Peter Janicki pitched outstanding. I also think Casey (Mendenhall) pitched well. . . .
"Byron (Mathews) hit the triple, plus a couple of other hits. And then he had the last at-bat. That's some kind of pressure, with a 3-and-2 count with two outs and the bases loaded. It was a pitch that in the past he's swung at, but today he had enough discipline to lay off it. Just an outstanding at-bat."