May 29, 2009

Courtesy of Sooner Sports

NORMAN, Okla. -- Ross Hubbard's sacrifice fly capped a three-run sixth inning and No. 9 Oklahoma (42-18) rallied for a 5-4 win over Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Regional in Norman.

A capacity crowd of 3,176 saw the game, the fifth best mark at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Garrett Buechele scored on Hubbard's fly after he drove in the tying runs with a two-run single earlier in the frame.

Wichita State (30-26) led 4-1 after three innings and chased OU ace Andrew Doyle after just two and two-thirds innings of work, his shortest start of the season.

"I thought our guys did a great job in response to being behind," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "It is always a tremendous amount of pressure when you are a host at a regional site. I really thought we played well. I thought we took a really good punch from a pretty good baseball team and we responded when we had to. "

Chase Anderson came on to pitch five and one-third scoreless innings before Ryan Duke came on to record his 16th save. Anderson got the win to move to 3-1 and tied his longest outing of the season recorded three weeks ago against Oklahoma State.

WSU starter Tim Kelly was strong in five and two-thirds innings, but was touched up in the sixth and wound up surrendering all of OU's runs. His record dropped to 5-4.

The Sooners hit a pair of home runs, a first-inning, opposite field shot by lead-off hitter Jamie Johnson, and a long ball to dead center by Aaron Baker in the fourth. Baker finished with a game-high two hits and also scored two runs.

Oklahoma, the No. 7 national seed, now advances in the winner's bracket to take on Arkansas. Those two collide at 7 p.m., on Saturday in Norman. The loser's bracket game at 1 p.m., will feature Wichita State and Washington State.