NORMAN – Aaron Baker has a thing for postseason baseball.
With one big swing Sunday, Baker kept Oklahoma’s postseason going, his grand slam stamping a 7-2 win over Washington State in the Norman Regional at Mitchell Park.
That’s one elimination game down, two to go for the Sooners, who still face a rugged road to the tournament title. They advance to face Arkansas at 7 p.m. Sunday, hoping to force an if-necessary game with the Razorbacks Monday night.
The Hogs dropped OU into the loser’s bracket with a 17-6 rout Saturday night.
For Baker, it was his fifth postseason home run in seven NCAA games.
“He’s always terrific, it seems, in postseason,” said Sooners coach Sunny Golloway. “He always steps up to the great challenge. And I thought our whole club did.”
Before an afternoon crowd of 1,439, Baker broke open a tight game with a seventh-inning blast.
“It was a fastball, but really I was just trying to square a ball up and drive in a run,” Baker said.
OU had just taken a 3-2 lead on J.T. Wise’s bases-loaded, infield single.
With the left-handed hitting Baker coming to the plate, the Cougars brought in left-hander Adam Conley from the bullpen.