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Oklahoma defeats Texas A&M to advance to College World Series championship

Oklahoma stayed perfect in Omaha, shutting down Texas A&M 5-1 on Wednesday to secure its spot in the Men’s College World Series championship series.

The Sooners improved to 3-0 at the CWS thanks to a strong outing from sophomore pitcher David Sandlin, who went seven innings, gave up just five hits and struck out 12 batters on 100 pitches. They got a three-run home run from catcher Jimmy Crooks in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed the rest of the day.

Oklahoma will face either Ole Miss or Arkansas in the three-game championship series, which begins Saturday. The Rebels have yet to lose in the CWS and need just one win to reach the finals. Oklahoma had already defeated Texas A&M 13-8 in the opening game of the CWS and knocked off the Aggies again to advance.

The Sooners have an opportunity to become the first-ever school to win baseball and softball national championships in the same year. They won their second consecutive Women’s College World Series title on June 9.

Texas A&M reached college baseball’s final four in its first season under coach Jim Schlossnagle and won two games in Omaha. The program hadn’t won a CWS game since 1993. The Aggies got a sixth-inning homer from Dylan Rock off Sandlin and an impressive effort from reliever Jacob Palisch, who gave up three hits and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings, but they weren’t able to piece together a late rally.

(Photo: Steven Branscombe / USA Today)

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