OMAHA, Neb. – David Sandlin registered a career high 12 strikeouts and Jimmy Crooks hit a three-run home run in the first inning to lead Oklahoma into the 2022 NCAA Men's College World Series Championship series with a 5-1 win over Texas A&M Wednesday afternoon at Charles Schwab Field.
Crooks' homer was his ninth of the season. Peyton Graham and Tanner Tredaway each extended their hitting streaks to 17 games. Graham doubled in the third inning and scored on an RBI groundout by Blake Robertson. Tredaway hit a two-out single in the fifth inning that brought home John Spikerman to give OU a 5-0 lead.
Sandlin (9-4) allowed just a run on five hits and one walk in 7.0 frames. He struck out the side in the first inning and punched out three straight batters to strand two runners in the fourth inning. After the Aggies got on the board with a solo home run by Dylan Rock in the top of the sixth, Sandlin retired the next three batters.
Trevin Michael closed it out the final two frames, rolling a double play to face the minimum in the eighth.
The Sooners (45-22) will face either Ole Miss or Arkansas in the MCWS championship series, which begins at 6 p.m. CT Saturday.