OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two games, two walk off victories for Oklahoma.
The fourth-seeded Sooners, who got a game-ending home run from Garrett Carey to win its opener in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, won its second game in decidedly different fashion. Evan Mistich legged out a grounder to deep short to drive in the game winner as OU knocked off top-seeded Baylor, 3-2.
"What I'm thinking of right now is the movie Groundhog Day," Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway said. "We were in here (Wednesday) about the same type of ballgame."
Oklahoma (37-21) will now benefit from a Friday off. The Sooners will next play at 9 a.m. Saturday. They'll face the winner of Thursday's Baylor-Kansas State game, which starts 3:15 p.m.
"We will play with the same mindset we've had for 50-something games," Baylor coach Steve Smith said. "We'll play tomorrow and just play that game. We didn't get to this place by looking way down the road. You just have to take one game at a time and do the best you can."
That's the mindset that helped the Bears (43-13) win 24 consecutive games and their first 18 in the Big 12 on their way to the regular-season title. Oklahoma swept Baylor, accounting for three of the four regular-season losses. The Sooners are now 4-0 against a team that figures to be seeded in the top eight of the NCAA tournament bracket that will be announced Monday.
"I believe in matchups," Golloway said. "We just match up really well with them."
Baylor scored both its runs in the top of the fourth. Max Muncy's single drove in one run and another scored on an Oklahoma throwing error. The Sooners scored in their half of the fourth when Jack Mayfield scored on a double play. It was 2-1 until the seventh when OU's Cody Reine drilled a game-tying homer to deep right.
In the ninth, Erik Ross started the rally with a one-out double. Reine was intentionally walked and Max White grounded to short, advancing the runners to second and third. That set up Mistich for the hero role. His high hopper in the hole at short was gloved by Baylor's Jake Miller. Mistich beat Miller's strong throw by the slimmest of margins.
It was Oklahoma's first victory over Baylor in four meetings in the Big 12 Championship and the Sooners became the first team with two walk off ninth inning triumphs in the same Championship.