David Sandlin’s performance was a bounceback for the ages. In game two of the Blacksburg Super Regional, Sandlin lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed five earned runs. He came in for a third of an inning against the Aggies on Friday night in the Sooners’ 13-8 win but didn’t last long before giving way to Trevin Michael.
On a day when the Sooners needed “the Sandman” the most, he showed up ready to dominate and put the Aggies right to sleep by striking out the side in the top of the first inning. He shook off his last two outings to put on a masterpiece, striking out 12 Aggies and throwing seven innings of one-run ball. The only run for Texas A&M, a solo shot to start the sixth inning. Sandlin then retired the next six batters before Michael came in and pitched two innings to finish off Texas A&M.
His effort propelled the Sooners into the College World Series final for the first time in nearly 30 years. It was an outing for the ages for Sandlin who was helped by Jimmy Crooks’ three-run home run in the first inning.
The Oklahoma Sooners are heading to the College World Series final and will face the winner of the other semifinal Arkansas or Ole Miss. But before we enjoy more College World Series baseball, let’s revel in the Sooners 5-1 win with the best reactions from social media.
OU Softball in the house
Skip Johnson did the thing
What a turn around for Oklahoma.
From 27-28 just a season ago.
Some questionable losses early on this season, to a Big 12 championship and first CWS Finals appearance since 1994.
What a story.
— Daniel Allen (@danielallen1738) June 22, 2022
Ain’t no such thing as halfway Crooks
Oklahoma just put up a Crooksed number in the first inning. Yeah, I went there, and I won’t apologize.
Jimmy Crooks goes yard, a three-run shot to right field — left-on-left. I believe he homered left-on-left earlier in this CWS too. Sooners lead 3-0.
— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 22, 2022
Doing damage early
Oklahoma has not allowed any opposing starting pitchers to get comfortable in the CWS.
Game 1 vs A&M: lasted only 1.2 IP
Game 2 vs ND: lasted only 1.1 IP
Today vs A&M: lasted only 2.1 IP
— Lee Benson (@LeeBensonNews9) June 22, 2022
This team is GOOD
Oklahoma got guys doing things that only Barry Bonds and Adley Rutschman did at the CWS
— Kegan Reneau (@KeganReneau) June 22, 2022
For the 1st time since 1994, the Oklahoma Sooners are moving on to the College World Series final after beating #5 Texas A&M 5-1.
Worth mentioning. No school has ever won a baseball and softball national championship in the same season.
The #Sooners 2 wins away from doing that.
— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) June 22, 2022
Seems only fair
The Oklahoma Sooners are Texas State Champs!
Do we get a lifetime supply of Lone Star?
— Brady Trantham (@BradyDoesSports) June 22, 2022
There’s only 1
DOWN GO THE AGGIES! THE OKLAHOMA SOONERS ARE PLAYING FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
— OklahOmaha Barstool Sooners (@OUBarstool) June 22, 2022
The Surrender Cobra with another victim
Interesting thought from OU Football Dad
OU Baseball Super Fan loving life right now
Oklahoma is the first Big 12 team make the MCWS Championship Series since 2009 (Texas). Skip Johnson was the Horns pitching coach.
— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) June 22, 2022
David Sandlin was clutch
OU’s Skip Johnson on Championship Series pitching:
“Jake Bennett can go on a week’s rest, Cade can go in game 2 on full rest, and then we can pull a name out of a cowboy hat”
— Travis J Davidson (@TravisSkol) June 22, 2022
Insiders tell us that the turning point in Oklahoma Baseball’s season was a secret they learned from the Softball team to always try to score more than the other team.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) June 22, 2022
Sandman put em to sleep
Huge bounceback performance
David Sandlin with one of the best performances I’ve seen in a moment a guy was needed the most. 1 run given up in 7 innings with 12 strikeouts. The staff will be well rested for the champ series.
— Carey Murdock (@CareyAMurdock) June 22, 2022
Magical run is almost complete
David “Big Time” Sandlin
He was huge
Sandlin putting together one of the all-time pitching performances on the big stage against a premier offense. I saw Sandlin show premier stuff at times earlier this year, but couldn’t repeat it. He’s repeating it today. @OU_Baseball https://t.co/iMLv7Fb3oV
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 22, 2022
Impressing the AD
And Trevin Michael’s Been lights out
Skip Johnson has used exactly two total relievers to win three games.
More than anything else, that speaks to just how dominant the starting pitching has been for the #Sooners.
— Parker Thune (@ParkerThune) June 22, 2022
FINAL | @OU_Baseball, who has been sizzling hot since the midway point of the season, is headed to the #MCWS Championship Series after beating Texas A&M, 5-1. I picked the #Sooners to win this bracket because I loved all of their pieces and consistency. Now playing for a title.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 22, 2022
Still got a job to do
No jubilant celebration for the #Sooners. A few hugs. High fives shared between teammates.
Omaha appears to remain all-business for OU’s baseball team.
Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss/Arkansas in best-of-3 series to determine national champion.
— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) June 22, 2022
Simply the best
Final: #Sooners 5, Texas A&M 1
Call it a hot team. Call it a really damn good team we’ve been sleeping on for a while. Oklahoma is headed to the Men’s College World Series Finals.
— Joey Helmer 🇺🇸 🇺🇦 (@joeyhelmer247) June 22, 2022
All because David Sandlin took care of business
Not that it’s at all a surprise, but Skip Johnson says Jake Bennett will start Game 1 of the final series and that Cade Horton will “probably” pitch Game 2 #Sooners
— Josh Callaway (@JoshMCallaway) June 22, 2022
Not so fast…