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High Noon Highlights(5/27): It was a huge weekend for Oklahoma State sports

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Cowboy Baseball wins Big 12 Championships:

Josh Holliday’s team is doing what his teams tend to do. They’re figuring things out at just the right time. After fighting to get the Championship Sunday at the Big 12 Tournament they got the win against West Virginia and got the title.

With the win, 11th-ranked OSU earned an automatic NCAA Regional bid and improves to 36-18. The 17th-ranked Mountaineers fell to 37-20 on the season with the loss. Brett Standlee made his 10th start of the season for the Cowboys and earned the win to improve to 3-1. The redshirt-freshman was dominant for seven innings, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out three and walking two. Peyton Battenfield closed it out for the Cowboys, holding the Mountaineers (37-20) to just one run over the final 1 1/3 innings for his second save of the tournament and third of the season. Offensively, Andrew Navigato had two clutch RBIs on a fifth inning double to give the Cowboys a lead that they never surrendered, and Carson McCusker collected two hits and an RBI in the game.

WVU loaded the bases to begin the third and scored the first run of the game on a groundout that also resulted in a double play for the Cowboys. A great bare-handed defensive play by Christian Funk at third base saved a second run and got the Cowboys out of the inning. In the bottom of the fifth, OSU loaded the bases and tournament Most Outstanding Player Colin Simpsondrew a walk to force home the tying run. That brought Navigato to the plate with the bases still juiced, and the Cowboys’ shortstop delivered the biggest hit of the game, a clutch two-run double off of the left-field wall that just missed being a grand slam and gave OSU its first lead of the game at 3-1. {}

Cowgirls road to the WCWS has been a long time coming:

The Cowgirls punched a ticket to the Women’s College World Series on Saturday with a 3-2 win over reigning Champions Florida State. Coach Kenny Gajewski said the win was a result of his team being committed to getting wins all season.

This series-clinching win also comes as a result of the Cowgirls’ season-long commitment to winning, which Gajewski touched on after the game.

“They told me they wanted to be coached like a championship team. Not everybody wants that, it’s not easy… I’m just proud of what they committed to,” he mentioned.

Gajewski himself raised the stakes before the game, challenging the slumping Factor to have some good at-bats in Saturday’s game. That challenged clearly factored into her performance, as the outfielder’s home run dealt a big blow to the Seminoles in the third inning.

“I had a big talk with Chy today before we started. I said, ‘I need you to look at me and tell me if you want to hit or not,’ because I didn’t like the look in her eye yesterday at all,” the head coach stated.

“Man, that home run was huge.” {Softball America}

Golf with huge lead in NCAA Final:

Oklahoma State is doing big things at the NCAA Final at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville Arkansas. They had a 25-stroke over second place going into Monday’s round.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State maintained considerable distance from the rest of the field, shooting 2-under par to lead second-place Texas and Stanford by 25 strokes. Zach Bauchou rattled off four consecutive birdies on the back nine as part of a 2-under 70 day.

“I got off to a slow start,” Bauchou said. “I was hitting some good shots, but the putts out here are hard to make, so I had some that were breaking 3 or 4 feet. On the back nine is when I started to open the course up and get some balls closer to the hole to make some putts.”

Bauchou’s round was matched by teammate Matthew Wolff while Austin Eckroat and Hayden Wood were 1-over 73. {Tulsa World}

Around the Big 12:

Morgantown to host Regional

Lindell Wigginton staying in NCAA draft

Around sports:

Truex wins Coca Cola 600

Rod Bramblett passes away

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