The Oklahoma baseball team advanced to the second round of the Ole Miss Regional with a 5-4 win over second-seeded Southern Mississippi Friday in Oxford.
Freshman rightfielder Kody Kaiser went 2-for-5, inlcuding a two-run home run in the fifth inning that gave the Sooners the lead for good at 4-3.
Third baseman Kevin Smith, who went 2-for-3, helped the Sooners add an insurance run later in the inning with an RBi single to push the lead to 5-3.
Starting pitcher Daniel McCutchen went 7.1 strong innings giving up just three runs and eight hits to pick up the win and improve to 4-5 on the year.
Super reliever Will Savage replaced McCutchen with one out and two runners on the eighth and worked the Sooners out of the jam. Savage did give up a solo home run in the ninth, but rebounded to close out the game and pick up his sixth save of the season.
First baseman Eric Thornton was also key for the Sooners' offensive attack. Thornton, who went 2-for-5, gave the Sooners an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the top of the first inning and homered in the fourth to cut the Golden Eagles lead to 3-2.
The Sooners (34-24) now advance to Saturday's winners bracket matchup against top-seed and regional host Ole Miss (45-18) at 5 p.m. The Rebels advanced to Saturday's game with a 5-0 win over Maine.
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