Sooners Could "Walk-Off" With Opportunity To Host NCAA Regional

Click the play button to see highlight's from Oklahoma's 3-2 win over top seeded Baylor

Thinking that it couldn't get any better than Garrett Carey's walk-off home run on Wednesday morning, the Oklahoma baseball team took the diamond again on Thursday afternoon for a little more Sooner Magic.

Baylor took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth after Logan Vick and Josh Ludy scored. Working from behind for the first time in the tournament, the Sooners added a run in the bottom of the inning, to pull within 2-1, when Jack Mayfield scored on a Hunter Lockwood ground out. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Code Reine tied the game at 2-2 on a home run to right field that still may not have landed.

Thursday's Big XII Tournament Scores

Kansas State 11, Oklahoma State 5 (OSU Eliminated)

Kansas 4, Texas 2 (Texas Eliminated)

Oklahoma 3, Baylor 2

Missouri 5, Texas A&M 3

For the second game in a row Oklahoma entered the bottom of the ninth with the game tied and the opportunity for a dramatic win. Just like Wednesday, they weren't ready to disappoint. Wednesday's hero, Garrett Carey, was the first at bat for the Sooners but this wasn't his day as he went down swinging. Erik Ross then doubled to left field to give the Sooners the winning run in scoring position. Knowing that he could end the game with one swing of the bat, the Bears intentionally walked Reine to get to Max White.

It looked like the gamble was going to pay off as White grounded out to short but Ross moved to third base on the play. Enter Evan Mistich who had already ended a game this season with a walk-off. He hit the ball to deep short and was able beat out the throw to first. Ross scored on the play to give Oklahoma the 3-2 win.

For the second game in a row the Sooners had an excellent performance from the mound. Jordan John struck out five batters and allowed just two runs off six hits through seven innings of work. Steven Okert pitched two innings of no hit relief to solidify the fact that Oklahoma has not been out hit in this tournament.

The win puts the Sooners just two more away from winning the Big XII championship. Oklahoma will be off on Friday and will face the winner of Friday's Baylor/K-State game. Whoever that is will have to beat OU twice to reach the championship while the Sooners only need to win once to get there. More importantly the day off gives Okert a day of rest which will make him available on Saturday and potentially even Sunday.

It was estimated that the Sooners entered the Big XII tournament looking like a lock for a three-seed in the NCAA tournament. The last two days could have changed that a bit and should Oklahoma continue their momentum into Sunday's Big XII championship game they could even find themselves hosting a regional.

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