It’s been a fun ride guys, it really has.
Big 12 pitcher of the year Thomas Hatch lasted a mere two innings while giving up four runs, as Oklahoma State’s run to Omaha was cut short on Saturday, 5-1.
The Oklahoma State bats were pretty much non existent through four CWS games, scoring a whopping six runs in their week in Omaha.
Hatch gave up two in the first and two in the second before being replaced by Trey Cobb. The closer gave the Pokes a season high six innings, only giving up one run.
Oklahoma State had their best scoring opportunities in the third, as a single by Jon Littell and a double by Corey Hassel put runners on second and third with one out. J.R. Davis killed a ball to deep center field, but was caught for a sac fly. That was all Bobby Dalbec allowed, as the No. 2 starting pitcher for Arizona dominated the Cowboys offense for the second time this week.
The Cowboys didn’t go down without a fight however, as runners on second and third with two outs made the game a bit interested. But pinch hitter Collin Simpson struck out to send Arizona to their 8th CWS Finals.
The Wildcats scored an unearned run to make it 5-1 in the fourth, but from there, neither team was able to generate much offense.
It wasn’t as if the Pokes weren’t hitting the ball hard. OSU did a great job of putting the ball in play, but the Arizona defense has been phenomenal all postseason long.
Give credit to Arizona; they have the starting pitching to win it all and the defense was spectacular. The Wildcats were not intimidated by Hatch, as the soon-to-be Chicago Cub ended his Stillwater career on a sour note, assuming he does not return for his junior year.
The Cowboys finished the year 43-22 and had a program high 11 players taken in this years draft.