Big 12 baseball: Sooners best Kansas State in 11 innings to advance to title game

Oklahoma responded time and time again, finally coming out with a 7-6 11-inning win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to advance to Sunday's championship game.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 25, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Max White reacts after scoring against Kansas State in the seventh inning of a Big 12 Championship tournament game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May, 25, 2013. Oklahoma won 7-6. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Max White reacts after scoring against Kansas State in the seventh inning of a Big 12 Championship tournament game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May, 25, 2013. Oklahoma won 7-6. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma has watched a lot of teams celebrate in the last year.

Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament final a year ago, South Carolina in the Super Regional as they advanced to the College World Series against the Sooners, then just more than a week ago when Kansas State celebrated the Big 12 regular-season baseball title with a win over OU in Manhattan.

Sunday, the Sooners will either watch yet another team celebrate or get a chance to dogpile itself after beating Kansas State 7-6 in a wild, 11-inning game in the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

After twice needing just one more out to finish off the win only to see Kansas State tie it, Craig Aikin's RBI single in the 11th finally put the Sooners ahead for good.

Even then Kansas State didn't go down easily, though.

The Wildcats loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half before Kyle Hayes came on to strike out the last two batters to end it.

“The ups and downs were crazy,” Sooners center fielder Max White said. “It was really motivating. To see both teams fight and battle like that is unbelievable. We just had to keep fighting.”

In his ninth season at the helm of the Sooners, Sunny Golloway is still looking for his first Big 12 title — either regular season or in the tournament.

“That monkey on my back has turned into an ape,” Golloway said. “Maybe getting everybody together at a neutral site and winning it — I don't want to take anything away from Kansas State, they are awesome — but maybe we can say, ‘Hey, maybe we are a worthy No. 1 in the Big 12.' Maybe.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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