Tahlequah Daily Press


May 25, 2012

Another walk-off winner

Sooners score in the 9th to beat No. 1 seed Baylor and remain unbeaten in Big 12 tournament play.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Evan Mistch doesn’t know how fast he can sprint 90 feet. He just knows he could do it quickly enough on Thursday to give Oklahoma a 3-2 victory over Baylor in the Big 12 tournament at Bricktown Ballpark.

“It’s improving,” Mistch joked about his speed. “I was just trying to get down the line as quick as I could and beat the throw.”

Hundredths of a second allowed Mistich to beat the toss from Baylor shortstop Jake Miller and let OU’s Erik Ross to score the game-winning run from third base. It was another game where there was a minuscule margin of error, and the Sooners (37-21) caught the last break.

Now 2-0 in the Big 12 tournament, OU has done so by winning a pair of pitchers’ duels in the bottom of the ninth inning. Just like Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Oklahoma State in the opening round, a mammoth solo home run was a huge factor.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cody Reine belted a solo shot off Baylor reliever Crayton Brae to tie the game.

The shot was essential because it made it a battle of the bullpens. OU starting pitcher Jordan John and Baylor’s Trent Black were both effective. John held the Bears to two runs on six hits over seven innings. The only runs came on RBI singles by Max Muncey and Cal Towey in the fourth inning. The Sooners’ damage against Blank came in the bottom of the fourth. Jack Mayfield scored on a double play to get the Sooners on the board.

Reine’s shot allowed the Sooners to turn to Steven Okert. He’s been the team’s shutdown reliever for the last month.

Okert (8-6) threw two more hitless innings on Thursday to get the win for the second straight game.

“It was the key right there,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “We have two other guys getting loose. We have a quality bullpen, but Okert is the leader of that bullpen. You don’t want to burn if you’re down 2-1; I don’t think that would be wise. You’re not giving in, but the game dictates what you have to do. Once Cody hit the home run, it became apparent it was going to be Okert’s game.”

Baylor reliever Crayton Brae gave up the home run to Reine. The Sooners scratched out the game-winning run off Dillon Newman (3-3).

Scratching at wins is something the Sooners have shown a knack for against Baylor. The Bears (43-13) ran roughshod through the Big 12 this season. They won the conference’s regular-season title by going 20-4. Their only losses were in the regular-season finale to Texas and a three-game sweep by the Sooners earlier this month. Two of OU’s regular-season wins were by one run.

“We just match up really good with them,” Golloway said. “I know we’ve come out on the top side four straight, but they’re strong pitching and they’re really, really good offensively. But I’ve said this from the get go, until we got the pitching worked out, our numbers weren’t good. But we knew the talent of our arms. It was just a matter of getting them lined up, putting the pieces of the puzzle together. “

Thursday’s victory set OU up perfectly for a serious run at its first Big 12 tournament title since 1997. The Sooners have only burned through starting pitchers John and Dillon Overton.

Okert has two wins in the tournament, but he only threw 26 pitches on Thursday. He took a line drive off his foot in the top of the ninth inning, but Golloway believes it won’t keep Okert from pitching again in the tournament.

OU gets today off and is now one win away from the championship game. Baylor and Kansas State will meet at 3:15 today in an elimination game. The winner will face the Sooners at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Either team has to beat OU twice to advance.

“Someone’s got to beat us twice, or we’re going to be playing for the championship, “ Golloway said. “That’s our goal. Our pitching will be in good shape.”

Text Only
  • Keys-Dakota.jpg Playing both sides of the line

    Recently, Keys High School football standout Dakota Matlock was nearly severely injured in a terrifying car wreck.

    Matlock is coming off a stellar gridiron season for Keys High School. On offense, Matlock ran for over 1,000 yards for the Cougars. In his sophomore season, Matlock led Keys in tackles from the safety position.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bassmaster.jpg Crossing, and fishing, the Delaware

    Bassmaster Elite Series anglers to compete Aug. 7

    BASS has fished out of some legendary venues over the years (including Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans), but never Philadelphia, which is host of the Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River, Aug. 7-10, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mison.jpg Mixon’s attorney says incident with woman self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NSU-fishing-team.jpg NSU teams compete in fishing tournament

    Three teams from Northeastern State University’s Bass Fishing Team competed in the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Saturday, June 21.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014


Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii