Rapid Reaction: OU advances to title game

Three weeks ago, the Sooners were on the outside looking in at an NCAA regional berth. Now, not only is Oklahoma a lock to make a regional, the Sooners are playing for the Big 12 tournament title after eliminating Baylor 7-2 Saturday morning.

How the game was won: Matt Oberste cranked his third and fourth home runs of the season on his first two at-bats, and Jonathan Gray gave the Sooners another quality start on the mound, allowing just one earned run while striking out six.

Stat of the game: The Sooners have been kryptonite for the Bears. Baylor is 0-5 against OU this season, and 22-1 against the rest of the Big 12.

Player of the game: The Sooners have gotten offense up and down the lineup this week. Saturday it was Oberste’s turn. The designated hitter’s three-run homer in the second inning set the tone early. On top of the two home run bombs, Oberste added a stolen base after drawing a walk.

Unsung hero of the game: Coach Sunny Golloway wanted to give Steven Okert, who pitched Wednesday and Thursday, another day off so he’d be fresh for the championship game. Reliever Kindle Ladd allowed Golloway to do that. Ladd pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit while finishing off the Bears.

What it means: Thanks to the quality starting pitching, the Sooners have only had to use five different pitchers in their three tournament games. OU will have flamethrower Damien Magnifico, who hasn’t pitched in the tournament yet, and Okert available for the championship game.