The Oklahoma Sooners have punched their ticket to the National Championship series of the College World Series after a 5-1 victory over the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies.
Oklahoma was incredible yet again today, moving the Sooners to 3-0 in Omaha and in the finals where they will face the winner of Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Perhaps the biggest reason for the Sooners victory today was the performance in the circle from David Sandlin.
“The Sandman” was incredible today, going 7.0 IP, allowing just five hits, one earned run, and just one walk. The impressive number was his strikeout total, which hit 12 in seven innings of work. Not only are the 12 batters waved a career-high for Sandlin, but they also match a College World Series record by a Big 12 pitcher in Omaha.
Perhaps the most impressive part about his performance was that Sandlin was chewed up and spit out when he faced the Aggies in relief last week. In just one inning, Sandlin gave up four runs, but this time around he held the Aggies in check.
Now, as the Sooners prepare to play for a national championship this weekend, they can rest easy knowing that their pitching staff has three effective arms at its disposal to go with a lethal offense that has been hard to stop over the last several weeks.