Here is your recap from the first day of action from the Norman OK Regional.
Arkansas 10 Washington State 3
NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 21 Arkansas Razorback baseball team exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take down the No. 24 Washington State Cougars at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla., in the first round of the NCAA Norman Regional on Friday afternoon, 10-3.
The Razorbacks (34-22) defeat the Cougars (31-23) for the fourth time this season after a season opening sweep. The Razorback victory is its first in the first round of a regional since the 2007 season when it defeated Albany in Fayetteville.
“It was a great pitcher’s duel,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “The game changed really fast. We were down 3-1 and then [Jarrod] McKinney made an incredible catch to keep us in the game and before I knew it, we tied it and had a big lead. I have to give credit to the players for hanging in there when things weren’t going our way and to keep it close until something good happened and it finally did. It was a great feeling.”
Oklahoma 5 Wichita State 4
NORMAN, Okla. — Ross Hubbard’s sacrifice fly capped a three-run sixth inning and No. 9 Oklahoma (42-18) rallied for a 5-4 win over Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Regional in Norman.
A capacity crowd of 3,176 saw the game, the fifth best mark at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Garrett Buechele scored on Hubbard’s fly after he drove in the tying runs with a two-run single earlier in the frame.
Wichita State (30-26) led 4-1 after three innings and chased OU ace Andrew Doyle after just two and two-thirds innings of work, his shortest start of the season.