Evan Mistich’s speed came into question Thursday night, after he charged up the first-base line at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, carrying another ninth-inning Oklahoma win with him.
While more of a football indicator, Mistich was soon pressed for his 40-yard dash time.
“I don’t know; I haven’t run a 40 since high school. But my 60 is improving,” Mistich said with a grin.
So how fast is Mistich? Fast enough, at least on this Thursday night.
OU’s rugged first baseman hit a bouncer between short and third base, allowing Erik Ross to score from third and send the Sooners to a 3-2 win over Baylor in a division winner’s bracket final of the Big 12 Tournament.
OU, which hasn’t won the tournament since the league’s debut year in 1997, is now one win away from a berth in Sunday’s championship game. The Sooners earned Friday off and will return at 9 a.m. Saturday to face the Baylor-Kansas State elimination-game winner, which would have to beat OU twice to prevent the Sooners from advancing.
This ninth inning wasn’t quite as dramatic for the Sooners as Wednesday, when they struck for a 1-0 win on a home run by Garrett Carey. Still, they got another walk-off.
And they’ll take it.
“What I’m thinking of right now is the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’” said OU coach Sunny Golloway. “That’s what it feels like.
“For the second straight day we’re talking about the same kinda ballgame.”
Same kinda well-pitched game, although not as dominant, with both teams producing threats and rallies.
The Bears scored their two runs in the fourth inning on a walk and three hits off OU starter Jordan John. The Sooners got a run in the bottom of the fourth, then a big blast from Cody Reine in the seventh — a mashed home run out to right field.
Baylor thought it had the matchup it wanted, with left-hander Crayton Bare on in relief of starter Trent Blank.