May 23, 1998
TALLAHASSEE. FL — Auburn catcher Casey Dunn had three hits and three RBI and third baseman Chad Wandall went 4-for-4 and scored four runs as the Tigers eliminated Oklahoma from the NCAA Atlantic II baseball regional with a 9-8 win at Dick Howser Stadium.
The victory moved Auburn into the regional’s championship round on Sunday against Florida State. The two teams, who met in the East Regional championship round last year in Tallahassee, will play at 2:00 p.m. IfAuburn wins, they will play again at 6:00 p.m One FSU win sends the Seminoles to the College World Series. The Tigers beat Florida State in the East Regional title game a year ago, 5-2.
Auburn (46-17) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the second against Oklahoma. But the Sooners cut the deficit to 7-6 after five. The Tigers held a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Oklahoma pinch hitter Clay Hawkins hit his first home run off the season to lead off the inning and make it 9-8.
The Sooners put runners on first and second with one out but Casey Bookout, who set Oklahoma’s single season home run record earlier in the day against FSU and hit his 26th of the year earlier in the game against Auburn, lined out to the warning track in center field for the second out. Designated hitter Richard Park, who opened the Sooner eighth with his 16th homer of the season, hit a hard grounder to shortstop to end the game.
Tiger freshman Hayden Gliemmo worked eight innings to pick up the win and move to 13-3 on the season. Colter Bean pitched the last two innings to earn his seventh save.