OSU and Texas met in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
Texas, the 7th-seed in the tournament, jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Longhorns would tack on two more runs in the 4th inning, and suddenly the Cowboys were in a bit of trouble. OSU starting pitcher Trey Cobb was knocked out in that 4th inning, and the Cowboys were forced to turn to their bullpen.
Oklahoma State went into the bottom of the fifth inning facing a 4-0 deficit. Longhorn starter Ty Culbreth had struck out six batters in four innings, and was cruising right along.
Until he wasn't.
Culbreth ran into trouble quickly in the 5th. The Cowboys strung together three consecutive base hits to load the bases, and then three more base hits to cut the Texas lead to 4-3. Then, this happened:
An absolute monster of a grand slam from Conor Costello put the Cowboys up 7-4, and two infield errors helped another run across. And yeah, Costello absolutely crushed it:
FYI: Left-Center is 415 ft. That ball cleared the bullpens in left center.— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) May 26, 2016
The Longhorn lead disappeared as quickly as it appeared in the first. The Cowboys blew the Longhorns proverbial doors off in the 5th inning with eight runs, and never looked back. Texas would record just three more hits, and wouldn't score again. Donnie Walton tacked on another RBI in the 9th inning to push the lead to 10-4.
OSU will take on TCU in the second round of the tournament tomorrow at 7:30 P.M. TCU took down Baylor 12-5 earlier in the afternoon.
Donnie Walton: 5 AB, 3 H 1 R, 3 RBI
Conor Costello: 5 AB, 2 H, 1 R, 4 RBI, and one monster grand slam.
Michael Mertz: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K