Aaron Baker’s double and Garrett Buechele’s two-run single keyed Oklahoma’s three-run sixth inning and the Sooners went on to a 5-4 victory over Wichita State on Friday night in the NCAA tournament’s Norman regional.
Aaron Baker’s double and Garrett Buechele’s two-run single keyed Oklahoma’s three-run sixth inning and the Sooners went on to a 5-4 victory over Wichita State on Friday night in the NCAA tournament’s Norman regional.Chase Anderson (3-1) threw 5 1-3 innings of one-hit relief to earn the win for the Sooners (42-18). Ryan Duke pitched the ninth inning for his 16th save.Wichita State (30-26) was leading 4-1 when Baker hit his 14th home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning off Tim Kelley (5-4).Buechele tied the game with his single in the sixth, and an error and Ross Hubbard’s sacrifice fly brought Buechele around with the decisive run.Anderson came on in relief after Oklahoma starter Andrew Doyle gave up four runs in 2 2-3 innings.Wichita State’s Will Baez led off the game with a single and scored on a single by Chris O’Brien. The Shockers tacked on three runs in the third when Baez walked, stole second, went to third on a single by Cody Lassley and scored on Ryan Jones’ double. Clint McKeever and O’Brien followed with consecutive sacrifice flies.After the Shockers roughed up Doyle, Anderson allowed no baserunners except for a two-out walk to Baez in the fourth and a two-out double by Baez in the seventh.Jamie Johnson led off the bottom of the first with a home run for Oklahoma.The Sooners will play second-seeded Arkansas (35-22) on Saturday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park, where the Sooners own a 25-4 record. Arkansas scored eight runs in the eighth inning earlier Friday to beat Washington State 10-3.The third-seeded Cougars (31-24) will take on Wichita State in an elimination game Saturday afternoon.