Things couldn’t have gone better for Oklahoma Baseball on Saturday…well, except for maybe the weather. In the early game of Saturday’s session the host team, Florida State, was eliminated by a dramatic 3-run, 2-out, walk-off home run. Then in the late (much later due to weather) game the Sooners took to the inside track of advancing to the Super Regional by downing Samford 4-0.
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) June 2, 2018
After scoring 20 runs against Mississippi State in their Regional opener on Friday, Oklahoma’s 4-run performance seemed a little underwhelming. However, it was more than enough offense for the Sooners due to a dominating performance from the mound by Nathan Wiles.
Wiles (7-3) fanned ten Samford batters and allowed just seven hits over 8.2 innings of work. After getting a near complete game performance from their starter, the Sooners only needed Austin Hansen to face one batter to complete the shutout. Hansen recorded the eleventh strikeout of the day to secure OU’s 4-0 victory and set Oklahoma up for the regional championship.
Kyle Mendenhall provided three of Oklahoma’s four runs in the top of the third when he took Cody Shelton deep to left field for a 3-run homer. In the top of the fifth, Thomas Hughes knocked in Justin Mitchell to make it a 4-0 and boost Wiles confidence.
Samford will now face Mississippi State in a Sunday elimination game and the Sooners will face the winner that evening. Oklahoma only needs to win once to reach a Super Regional while Samford or MSU would have to beat OU twice to advance.