Oklahoma State just keeps rolling.
The Cowboys have now won three Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament games in a row after beating Bedlam rival Oklahoma 5-1 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.
The scoring started early for the Cowboys, scoring two runs in the second inning, one via pass ball and the other after catcher Bryan Case hit a ground out to the short stop to take a 2-0 lead. The Sooners and Cowboys battled it out for the next four innings until Oklahoma State starter Jon Perrin finally allowed a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, making the score 3-1. Perrin would be taken out in the top of the seventh after an impressive six inning outing that was largely possible due to the defense behind him.
"Jon [Perrin] threw a great game," Sooner right fielder Taylor Alspaugh said. "There's not much we can do, we got in scoring position, he made the pitches he had to make. So I mean, that's baseball. You got to go out there and hope you can do it and they did that today and we weren't able too."
Although the Cowboys had a lead for all but one inning, the team was outhit at the end of the game, six hits to eight and other than short stop Donnie Walton and first baseman Dustin Williams, the team was a combined 1-for-24 at the plate. Perrin wasn't worried about it though because he was still pitching with the lead.
"Pitching with the lead is definitely a good thing," Perrin said. "As pitchers we're able to kind of settle down in that grove, we're going to make pitches and we're not worried about giving up hits. I think they sprinkled seven singles across the board today, so I'm not really worried about it.
"We had great defense, a couple of double plays got turned today, so they're doing it on both ends. They're scoring runs, playing great defense, so it makes my job a little easier."
The Cowboys tacked on insurance two insurance runs in the eighth inning after Walton reached on a one-out single and was hit all the way home by Williams. Williams would make it home himself after designated hitter Kevin Bradley hit a single to right field, making the score 5-1.
The championship game between OSU and the Texas Longhorns will be Sunday at noon in Tulsa, pitching match ups will be announced at a later time. The Cowboys will look to win the Tournament after losing in the final round in 2014.
- It's Jon Perrins birthday It's also Texas pitcher Connor Mayes, who also started today for the Longhorns, birthday.
- As mentioned, the Cowboys were 1-for-24 other than the Walton/Williams duo. The duo were 5-for-8 with two singles, two doubles and a triple.
- The Cowboys got to the Sooners bullpen early, something they usually try to do. Look for that to be a factor in tomorrows game.
- The Cowboys pitching staff has allowed only two runs in the 27 innings of Big 12 Tournament play. The two runs were given up by the starters. The Bullpen has allowed none. That'll be big going into tomorrow.
- The Longhorns haven't used their bullpen at all. Three complete games for the 'Horns.
- If the 'Horns win, the Big 12 will likely have three teams in the postseason, if the Cowboys win, it'll probably only be two. Would be a first for the conference.
- Freeman and Perrin are both done for the Tournament, so they will not be seeing any playing time tomorrow.
- I don't usually promote myself, but apparently this tweet was a hit. OSU has literally owned OU in Bedlam baseball this year:
Oklahoma State finishes off the year 4-1 against OU, outscores them 49-5 in five games, average score of 9.8-1. #LittleBrother ?— Gerald Tracy III (@_GeraldTracyIII) May 23, 2015
- Also, Walton has been tearing up this week. He has every right to be excited because of his play and doing it in his hometown. But eh, who cares?
- If you missed it, here's a small example of how good the defense was and one of the three double plays the Cowboys forced.