That was a heck of a ballgame. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are Big 12 Tournament Champions and will have a chance of making it back to Omaha for the second straight year after dropping Texas 6-5 in the title game. Th Cowboys had to rally back from an early 2 run deficit, then hold off a Longhorn rally late to earn Coach Josh Holliday his 200th career win.
On top of all that, OSU is now the first eight seed team to win the whole thing.
Here’s how it went down.
The Horns struck early on back to back RBI’s from Kacy Clemens and Brent Boswell to make it 2-0 at the end of the first.
In the third, Garrett McCain cut the lead in half with an RBI double to bring in Ryan Cash.
Texas struck again in the third with an RBI hit from Kody Clemens to push the lead to 3-1.
That didn’t last long thanks to Ryan Cash.
Cash hit a two-run RBI to tie the ballgame at 3-3. Then Garrett McCain added an RBI single and give the pokes their first lead of the game at 4-3.
Ryan Sluder protected the lead in the bottom of the fourth by did recording all three outs, including two #SCTop10 worthy diving catches.
In the top of the fifth, it McCain and Cash were at it again when McCain hit another double to bring home Cash and make the score 5-3 Cowboys.
In the bottom of the fifth, Garrett Benge did work at third base making this double play to end the inning and get his pitcher out of a jam:
In the top of the seventh pinch hitter Bryce Fischer hit a whammy to build the Cowboys lead to 6-3.
Things got tight in the bottom of the seventh when the Longhorns added two more runs to get within one of the Cowboys. However, that was it for Texas runs on the day.
After a tense 9th, the Cowboys charged the mound for a well deserved dog pile!
WE ARE THE BIG 12 TOURNAMENT CHAMPS!!!!! pic.twitter.com/hkAbpZkf5F— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) May 28, 2017
Ont he game, the Cowboy pitching staff gave up five runs on 13 hits and five errors and three strikeouts. The Longhorn pitching staff gave up six runs on 11 hits and had six errors and 12 strikeouts.
After the win, head coach Josh Holliday got very emotional talking about his team.
If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, or make you love that Holliday is the man leading OSU’s baseball program, then nothing ever will.
With the win, OSU is now guaranteed to play in an NCAA Regional for the fifth straight year, keeping pitching coach Rob Walton’s streak alive.
The Cowboys now wait to see where they'll go for their regional. Regional host sites will be announced tonight. The rest of the field will learn their fates on Monday at 11 a.m. central during the selection show on ESPNU.