For the second consecutive home series the Oklahoma State Cowboys were swept. The first was against the Texas Longhorns.
The Missouri Tigers are on a roll right now and they will keep on rolling to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 tournament.
The last three innings of the game were boring and brought about no chance for a Cowboy comeback, but on a different note the last time the Cowboys were swept by the Tigers they went on to win the Big 12 tournament in Arlington, Tx.
The Cowboys just looked like a beaten horse compared to the team I saw on Tuesday night against a stellar Wichita State team. The Cowboys just got their self out of hosting an NCAA Regional this season, but maybe that could pay dividends for them as they are 9-1 in their last 10 road games. This Cowboy ball club is good and they can out slug almost every team in the nation, but their Achilles Heel all season has been starting pitching. If the Cowboys can somehow find decent starting pitching for the Big 12 and NCAA tournament they will be very hard to beat, but I just don't see that happening and that means they will have to slug their way to Omaha if they want a chance at an NCAA championship.
"To the victor go the spoils," which happens to be the Tigers this time around. Final from Stillwater 7-4.
The Missouri Tigers scored four runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead from the Cowboys 7-3.
A few errors by the Cowboys helped the Tigers score four runs. On an attempted pickoff to first the ball ricochet off the runner on first to score John McKee of the Tigers. The Tigers added two more runs off a few RBIs and then another run on one more error by the Cowboys, this time by the left fielder Ty Wright as he was trying to field a ground ball.
Ty Wright just continues to chug along the "Wright" path to hit in 31 consecutive games. That is one impressive feat and today he made it to 31 after getting nothing going in his first two bats of the game. Wright singled in the bottom of the fifth inning on a hit to right center to get No. 31. In today's game that is one heck of big deal to hit in that many games in a row. Wright will never catch "Rockin" Robin Ventura's 58-game hit streak, but has planted himself in the Cowboy record book with the second longest hit streak.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Cowboys used a little fly ball magic to tie the game up 3-3. Matt Mangini started the inning off for the Cowboys with a double to left field. Steve Ptak was due up next for the Pokes but he fouled out to the first baseman. Nine hole batter Ryan Pittman was next up and he started the fly ball frenzy with a double to shallow right field after Tigers right fielder Aaron Senne lost the ball in the sun, the hit moved Mangini to third. Keanon Simon was next on the list for the fly ball frenzy. With Cowboy fans going crazy on the hit as the Tigers shortstop, left fielder and third baseman all collided and fell to the ground leaving nobody to cover third. Tiger shortstop Lee Fischer made the catch for the second out of the inning, but Mangini tagged up and scored the tying run for the Cowboys. Pittman was paying close attention and tagged up himself to move to third base when he noticed nobody was covering third. The Cowboys left Pittman stranded and ended the fourth inning in a 3-3 tie.
Martin Beno has come in for the Cowboys and thrown two shut down innings. With neither team doing much of anything the last two innings the Tigers tried to do some damage. But the Cowboys shortstop Jordy Mercer took it upon himself to put a stop to the Tigers growl. Mercer made an outstanding grab in shallow left by twisting and turning all around to finally come up with an over the shoulder fly out. Mercer made another hit saving grab on a line shot over second base, but he somehow came up with the hops to pull it down to end the inning for the Tigers.
Well Andy Oliver didn't last long again this time around. Oliver lasted 1.1 innings and gave up a few walks to get himself some resting time on the bench. Oliver walked three Tiger batters and gave away the Cowboy lead, I must be bad luck for the kid because every time I see the Oliver pitch he has a bad outing. The Tigers now lead 3-2 after a few walks and some sac-flys. Oliver was relieved by Martin Beno, who also gave up a walk, but got the Cowboys out of a jam by getting Aaron Senne to ground into an inning endind 6-4-3 double play.
The first inning brought some excitement to the game with the Mizzou Tigers taking a 1-0 lead when Evan Frey scored on a Aaron Senne RBI groundout. Frey started the game off with a walk and moved to second on a steal, but Cowboys catcher Ryan Pittman overthrew the second baseman to move Frey over to third.
The Cowboys would not let the Tigers get away with an early lead. Senior Keanon Simon continued his hot streak against the Tigers by going 7-10 so far with his seventh hit coming in the bottom half of the first. Jordy Mercer took a hit across the hands to put runners on first and second. Ty Wright flied out to right to move Simon to third and then scored on a Tyler Mach RBI single to tie the game 1-1. Corey Brown was next to the plate and received a walk to load the bases. Rebel Ridling strolled to the plate looking to damage but settled for an sac-fly RBI to score Mercer and move the Cowboys into the lead 2-1.
Both squads have done a little shuffling of the lineups, for which team will it pay off? Only playing the game will decide that. Cowboys head coach Frank Anderson has moved traditional seven hole hitter Jordy Mercer to the two hole and shuffled everybody down a spot. For Tigers head coach Tim Jamieson I am not sure why he would make any changes as his lineup the past two days has done great damage against the Cowboys.
OSU-MU: Tigers looking for sweep; Senior Day for the Pokes
The Missouri Tigers are on a roll as of late and they continued their successful domination of the Big 12 by steamrolling through the Oklahoma State Cowboys two games in a row and look to make it three on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Stillwater. Here at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium the sun is shining brightly to the tone of 75 degrees and a slight breeze to dead center field.
On the mound today for both teams are a couple of youngsters with the Tigers throwing sophomore Ian Berger (4-1, 4.23 ERA), while the Cowboys will put the fate of not getting swept in the hands of freshman Andy Oliver (6-1, 4.66 ERA). The youngster for the Cowboys has a lot of power but is not consistent and not much control. Oliver did win his last outing against Texas Tech, but in his two previous outing before that he couldn't make it past the first inning.
As I said before game one of this series "To The Victor Goes The Spoils" and so far that goes directly to the Mizzou Tigers. Now on to the game at hand.
The Cowboys are 4-6 in their last 10 home games and that includes the two losses to Mizzou. However the Cowboys are 9-1 in their last 10 road games. With big implications on this series the Tigers are now 8-2 in their last 10 games, while looking destined to host an NCAA Regional the Tigers have assured themselves second place in the Big 12 and if they get the sweep the Tigers could end up winning the Big 12 outright and that is why they play the game.
The Tigers got a little help in the field to help them get the win today. Two magnificent plays from the Tigers outfield halted the Cowboys from getting any sort of rally going. The Tigers do the little things, which is eerily similar to how the Texas Longhorns play. Both squads capitalize on the opponents mistakes and push runners through when they get in scoring position. The Cowboys on the other hand have left too many left on base for their own good by leaving 26 runners stranded since the Wichita State game. The Cowboys better right the ship in tomorrows game or they may not get a look at as a possible host for an NCAA Regional.
With the Cowboys trailing by one senior Ty Wright stepped to the plate without a hit so far today. Wright came in to today's game with a 29-game hitting streak, he got his first hit of the game and moved the streak to 30 games on a shot to left field for a double to start the inning off for the Cowboys. Wright scored on a Keanon Simon RBI single over Tigers second baseman Brock Bond to tie the game 5-5. The Cowboys did no more damage and the Tigers escaped.
At the end of the seventh we are knotted up 5-5 with two innings left to play.
The Cowboys must have heard my complaining and they produced some big hits with runs added to 'em. Senior Keanon Simon started off the sixth with a single up the middle and it looked like he would be another left on base. Corey Brown was the third batter up of the inning and he received his second walk of the game. With runners on first and second Rebel Ridling came to the plate with intentions of knocking the cover off the ball, well he didn't knock the cover off it but he tried and his fly ball out to center moved Simon to third. Then Matt Mangini came to the plate and battled through 10 pitches to get an RBI single and move Brown over to third and move the Cowboys within two with a 5-3 score. Brown may have helped Mangini get the hit as he was on his horse to second when the ball came right behind him. It looked like the fielder lost the ball in the process. Jordy Mercer was next to the plate and he countered the Tigers pitcher Rick Zagone with an RBI infield single to score Brown and move the Cowboys to within one.
At the end of the sixth the Cowboys are feeling momentum swing their way for the first time this weekend with the score 5-4 in favor of the Tigers, but the Cowboy fans are roaring into the bottom of the seventh with the hopes of a Cowboy comeback.
With not much action coming from the home team Cowboys one of their fans made a nice catch with his hat to save his girlfriend from getting hit in the head like the previous fan did attempting to catch a foul ball. All fans at this time are not hurt.
Got a question, where have the Cowboys sticks gone these two games? They only have four hits through five innings and they only got nine hits last night. The Cowboys average about 14 hits a game. As of now, it looks like the Cowboys will settle for third place in the Big 12, which is good for the three seed in next weeks Big 12 conference tournament. I think it's time for these Cowboys what's truely at stake here. It is not just the seeding and placement for the Big 12, but also having the chance to host an NCAA Regional.
With the Tigers leading the Cowboys 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning and one out. Matt Mangini hit a deep shot to center field, the Tigers center fielder Evan Frey made a spectacular catch, but as he made the catch Frey hit the center field wall head first and fell straight to the ground with a limp body. The crowd fell silent as it looked as though Frey was hurt badly and done for the day or even worse. He appeared to be knocked out as both teams medical teams went to Frey's aide. After a few moments of medical attention Frey stood up and shook off the injury to resume play in center field.
After the commotion in the bottom of the fourth, the top of the fifth saw Jacob Priday go yard to left center for his ninth homer of the season. Tigers lead 5-2.
In the top of the eight inning the Tigers were put to the test in trying to escape todays game with a win. The Tigers started the inning off with an Aaron Senne walk. Senne scored on an infield single by Evan Frey, Selle moved to third after being sacrificed over on an Kyle Mach bunt.
The Tigers lead 6-5 going into the ninth.
In the top half of the ninth inning the Cowboys needed the Tigers to go down quietly, but Ryan Lollis started off the inning for the Tigers with a deep double to the left center gap. Jacob Priday was the next man to the plate and he took a walk to put runners on first and second for the Tigers Trevor Coleman. On an attempted hit and run, Coleman failed to do his part and Lollis was caught at third for the innings first out. It was no matter to Coleman, he hit an RBI double to score Priday and move the score to 7-5. Jordy Mercer came on in relief of Tyler Lyons, but he gave up two runs and did not make it out of the inning. The Tigers added another run on a Aaron Senne RBI single to increase the Tiger lead to three 8-5. Martin Beno came in for Jordy Mercer to get the last out of the inning.
Looks like the Tigers will be taking second place in the Big 12 and hosting rights to an NCAA Regional.
After a quiet second inning, the Missouri Tigers made some rumblings by putting up three runs off four hits to take the lead from the Cowboys. Nine-hole batter Gary Arndt led the inning off with a single to left, then Evan Frey sacrificed Arndt over to second. Brock Bond hit a single up the middle to score Arndt to the Tigers their first run of the game, but the hits kept coming off of Cowboys starter Oliver Odle. Odle gave up a double to Ryan Lollis to score Bond to move the score to a 2-2 tie. Lollis scored on a Jacob Priday single to move the Tigers in the lead 3-2. The inning ended on a Trevor Coleman 4-6-3 double play.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 27-6 when they score first in a game. Well senior Tyler Mach took notice of the mark and did some golf practice while he golfed a deep ball to left field to draw first blood for the Cowboys to give them a 2-0 lead early in the game with 2 outs still to go.
Well Corey Brown took the walk after the Mach HR and he stole two bags to move to third, but the other Cowboy hitters could not push him through as they both struck out looking.
Beautiful weather on hand for game two for the Cowboys and Tigers. It's sunny and 79 with a slight breeze heading to left field here at Allie P. Reynolds stadium. If the Tigers win today they will finish in second place in the Big 12 conference, but the Cowboys will not let it go without a fight.
Heading to the mound for both teams are;
MU: LHP Rick Zagone (6-2, 5.08 ERA)
OSU: RHP Oliver Odle (6-4, 4.42 ERA)
Zagone took the loss last week against the Oklahoma Sooners, while Odle has won his last two starts with one each coming against the Sooners and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Lets see what plays out today.
A few mistakes here and there by the Cowboys cost them their seven game winning streak and an early 0-1 deficit to the Missouri Tigers in a best of three for second place in the Big 12 conference. The early 1-0 advantage could be huge for the Tigers, knowing that they only have to win one more game to give them second. That is a far cry difference for a club that was projected in the pre-season to finish seventh or worse in the conference. Well the Tigers have tamed their nemesis all season and have done one better than the Cowboys by taking the series from Texas in Austin of all places, a feat no team has been able to accomplish all season, even the Pokes know how hard it is to beat the Longhorns as they fell victim to a sweep by the Horns.
In last nights contest Cowboy mistakes and the Tigers ability to jump on them helped the Tigers win game one. Cowboy starting pitcher Jeff Breedlove gave up three solo long shots on three mistake pitches, that gave the Tigers three easy runs. Mistake pitches were not the only thing to haunt the Cowboys in game one, but four fielding errors cost the Cowboys a few more runs. A fielding error by RF Corey Brown led to the Tigers increasing its lead in the first 2-0. After a few homeruns by the Tigers and two errors by Cowboy pitcher Tyler Lyons helped the Tigers increase its lead again.
This game was not decided by just a few mistakes, but quite possibly on the arm of Tigers ace Aaron Crow, who threw a gem of a game for seven innings and only giving up three earned runs. Got to give it up to guy who can shut down one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the country and the best in the Big 12. Not only did the Tigers quiet the Cowboy bats, but they only allowed one extra base hit to the Cowboys. It also doesn't help the Cowboys when your big sticks (1-7 batters) go 7-29 in a game, which is good for .241 avg.
Till later on here's to all the other bloggers having a good day at the ol' ball park.
The Cowboys head to the bottom of the ninth inning trailing by three after the Tigers added another run in the top half to give them a 9-6 lead. The Cowboys have the top half of the lineup to the plate, with their two, three and four hole hitters due up this inning. Lets see what drama plays out.
No drama here as the Cowboys go down in somewhat order as the third batter of the inning Tyler Mach was hit by pitch to bring up Matt Mangini, who flied out to deep centerfield to end the inning and the game.
Final here in Stillwater Missouri 9, OSU 6. It was all about chasing the Tigers tale for the Cowboys tonight and the Tigers where just a little to fast. Till tomorrow at 2 p.m., goodnight.
These OSU Cowboys never say die and in the bottom of the eighth inning the Cowboy bats have come to life and so have the Cowboy fans. With two outs in the inning Rebel Ridling started the inning off with an E-6 single, Jordy Mercer hit a single between third base and short stop to put runners on first and second. Then enters Donnie Webb as a pinch hitter and he came up big for the Pokes as he hit an RBI double to shallow left to score Ridling and move Mercer to third. Then the second pinch hitter came to the plate in sophomore Kendall Horner who hit the second big hit of the inning in a two-run RBI single. Never fear the Cowboy bats are here, must be the teams motto.
At the end of the eight inning the Cowboys close the gap and the score is now 8-6 Tigers.
The Pokes are officially on pitcher No. 6 for the evening and I'm not to sure that they won't go one more. Here we are in the top of the eight with the bases loaded for the Tigers. The Tigers put runners on all spots with a single by Trevor Coleman to leftfeild and then Cowboy Josh Fritsche loaded the bases full of Tigers when he walked Aaron Senne and hit John McKee on the back foot on an attempted bunt, oh how weird things can get in baseball. Well the Cowboys called on Martin Beno, their sixth pitcher of the game, to get them out of the inning. He did just that by getting Kyle Mach to strikeout and Gary Arndt to hit into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
Still 8-3 Tigers and they are only on pitcher number two, with Greg Folgia in to close the game out for the Tigers here in the bottom of the eight.
Cowboy head coach Frank Anderson is not afraid to use pitchers and I wouldn't put it past him if he used six or more in a game if he wanted. Well here we are over 3/4 of the way there and the Cowboys now trail 8-3 after a wild pitch by Tyler Lyons, the Cowboys third pitcher of the game scored John McKee to move the score 6-3. Lyons was replaced by Brandon Adams, who stayed for one batter and gave up a 2-run RBI single to Tiger Brock Bond to move the score 8- 3. Adams was then removed for Josh Fritsche, the Cowboys fifth pitcher of the game. Fritsche did get the Cowboys out of the inning without any more damage done.
Heading to the eight inning it looks like the Tigers are staking an early claim on second place in the Big 12 conference as they lead the Cowboys 8-3 going into the eighth.
After every inning the Cowboys put runs on the board to either tie or cut the Tigers lead, the Tigers come right back the next inning with a run of their own. The Tigers have been finding ways to win games and scoring just enough runs to escape opponents to win eight of its last 10 and 11 of its last 14 games. The Cowboys are 3-11 when scoring 0-5 runs in a game, so far the Cowboys have only put up 3 runs. The Tigers are14-7 when opponents score 3-5 runs. As the game goes on we will find out if late inning heroics are in order or will the Mizzou Tigers pull off win number 12 of its last 15?
Going to the top half of the seventh the Cowboy fans are going crazy and giving all they can to the umpiring crew. Mizzou leads 5-3.
Cowboy senior Keanon Simon led the fifth inning off with a walk, Corey Brown came up two batters later and hit a single through the gap between first and second base to move Simon to third. Cowboy senior Tyler Mach hit a sac-fly to score Simon and move the Cowboys within a run by making the score 4-3 Tigers, but Matt Mangini ended the rally for the Cowboys when he grounded out to the first baseman.
Not too much longer after the Cowboys tied the game up 2-2, Tigers first baseman John McKee hit a deep shot to centerfield for seventh homer of the season. The Cowboys went up in the bottom half and did no damage as Tigers starter Aarron Crow escaped without giving up a hit for the second time this game.
End of four 3-2 Tigers.
In the top of the fifth the Tigers continued to go deep off Breedlove. After he got the first two batters to go down quietly, Aaron Senne went deep to rightfield for his fifth homer of the season to stake the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
After 4.2 innings of work Jeff Breedlove was put to the bench in favor of Robbie Weinhardt, who boasts a 4.36 ERA and a 3-1 record. Well Weinhardt came in a gave up a single to Tiger Kyle Mach to put runners on the corners. Weinhardt escaped the inning when he got Gary Arndt to strikeout looking.
4-2 Tigers heading into the bottom half of the fifth.
In the top half of the third inning the Cowboys got the bats and runs going. The Cowboys got the rally started with a Ryan Flavell walk and a Keanon Simon single up the middle, then things got interesting. Ty Wright came into the game with a 28-game hitting streak, well he made it 29 when he hit a hard ball straight into the ground in front of homeplate to make the ball bounce so high he beat out the throw from the second baseman. That hit loaded the bases for Corey Brown. He did his job well by hitting a stinger down the first baseline for a 2-run RBI single. The Cowboys could do no more damage as they left the bases loaded on a Rebel Ridling strikeout.
At the end of three we are all tied up in a tight one 2-2.
After a rocky first inning Cowboy starter Jeff Breedlove settled down in the second. Breedlove got the Tigers to go quietly by striking out two and getting the third with a line-out to the second baseman.
On to the Cowboys to see if they can get any damage done.
Well the Cowboys put a runner on base when Matt Mangini singled through the Tigers second baseman, but the Cowboys could not push him through for their first run.
Well we are at Allie P. Reynolds stadium in Stillwater, Ok and the OSU fans got the word that their team is back in town after a two week hiatus. The Cowboy fans have filled the stadium and look to cheer on the Cowboys to victory.
Starting pitchers for Missouri and Ok State.
MU: Aaron Crow (7-2, 2.53 ERA)
OSU: Jeff Breedlove (0-3, 4.50 ERA)
Well six pitches into the game and OSU starter Jeff Breelove has given up a homerun to the Tigers first batter, Evan Frey, his third of the year. Breedlove hit the next batter, Brock Bond, who scored after Corey Brown fell attempting to pick up a Trevor Coleman single to Right Field.
The Tigers lead the Cowboys 2-0 at the end of the first, as the Cowboys went down 1,2,3.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Missouri Tigers face off in a three game series tied for second place in the Big 12 to go along with the series that has major implications. Implications that go deeper than the Big 12 but nationally as well. The winner of the series this weekend will finish second in the Big 12 and depending how things work out with the Texas Longhorns, one of the teams might end up winning the Big 12 outright. The other highlight of winning this series is the possibility of hosting an NCAA Regional. It is widely considered that the committee decides on host sites before most conference tournaments are finished. "To the Victor Go the Spoils."
MU enters the series with a 36-14 overall record and a 16-8 conference record, which is the same as the Cowboys (conference wise), but the Cowboys best the Tigers overall record with a 38-13 record. This series is huge for both squads and both teams know what's on the line.
The two teams bring in the best from opposite sides. The Cowboys are the best hitting team in the conference and the Tigers are one of the best pitching teams in the conference and they will throw their ace, Aaron Crow (7-2, 2.53 ERA). The Cowboys have seven regulars batting .315 or better. The Cowboys are led by senior Ty Wright, who is batting .433 and has 28-game hitting streak. The Cowboys also have what looks to be two first-round draft picks in 3b Matt Mangini and RF Corey Brown.
Jordy Mercer and the Cowboys got the Shockers to go 1,2,3 to end the ninth and grab the win 3-1. The game was a tight one all the way and the Cowboys should feel lucky a few calls went their way.
With the win I am going to give a little SHOUT OUT to the committee to give the Cowboys are hard look at hosting a Regional this season. The Cowboys have swept their last two Big 12 opponents in Oklahoma and Texas Tech, they also just beat the #12 team in the nation in the Wichita Shockers.
The Shockers are great team with great pitching. If the Cowboys can take the series against Missouri, which the Cowboys have the good fortune of playing them at home. I mean if a team finishes second in the Big 12 and finishes the regular season ranked in or near the top 10, they should host a regional. The Big 12 may not be the best conference in the nation, but it ranks right near the top with the likes of the ACC and SEC. Here's to the committee making the right choice.
Back to the game at hand. The Shockers pitching staff got the Cowboys to strikeout and strikeout often. The Shockers got the Cowboys to go down 13 times tonight. But somehow someway the Cowboys found a way to win and that was thanks to senior second baseman Tyler Mach. Mach hit the go-ahead runs with a deep line shot to center. The Cowboys did get 11 hits off the Shockers, but they also left 11 runners on base. The Cowboys big sticks did not come to play today, but the little ones did and that is what ultimately won the game for them.
The final from Eck Park/ Tyler Field OSU 3, WSU 1.
The OSU Cowboys played a little small ball to add to their lead. Matt Mangini led the Cowboys off with a walk, Jordy Mercer was up next and singled an 0-2 pitch down the third baseline, which moved Mangini to second. Mangini moved to third base on a wild pitch by Shockers relief pitcher Noah Krol. Steve Ptak came in to pinch hit for the Cowboys, but struck out to the Shockers their first out of the inning. With runners on the corners the Cowboys catcher Ryan Flavell put a sac-bunt down, but Shockers relief pitcher Noah Krol layed out to get the bunt and could not put a handle on the ball. The play scored Mangini from third and gave Flavell an RBI single. The Cowboys could do no more damage and left runners on the bags again. Cowboys now lead 3-1.
The Shockers got a runner on first with Damon Sublett grabbing a walk from Tyler Blandford. He was then replaced by Mr. Utility Jordy Mercer. He only needed five (5) pitches to get the three needed outs to end the inning.
Tyler Mach came up to the plate with runners on first and second and 2 outs. Mach went deep into the count and with a 2-2 count Mach countered on freshly inserted relief pitcher for the Schockers, Noah Booth. Mach sent the 2-2 pitch to deep centerfield for a 2 RBI double to give the Cowboys the 2-1 lead. The hit scored Ty Wright and Dusty Harvard. After Mach was settled in at second, WSU pitching coach Brent Kemnitz came to the mound to talk and not to anybody on his team. He talked directly to the homeplate umpire and was promptly ejected for some hasty remarks and body language. After the action settled down, the Cowboys could do no more damage.
The Shockers came into the bottom half of the seventh inning looking for some retaliation, but all they got was the big goose egg. The Shockers put a runner on first with a walk by Cowboy relief pitcher Tyler Blandford. He got out of the shortlived jam by getting Shockers Andy Dirks to ground into a 3-6-3 double play. That play was supposed to be what happened a few innings ago for Rebel Ridling and Jordy Mercer, but that was then and this is now and now is the time for the Cowboys to protect their lead.
Both starting pitchers have been removed from the game, but both also threw great games. For the Shockers, Max Hutson threw a beauty of a game, going 5.0 innings,6 hits, 0 runs 2 BB 5 K on 96 pitches. For the Cowboys Joe Kent went 5.0 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K on 78 pitches. Both threw great games and now it will be up to the bullpens of both squads to finish the game off.
Oklahoma State's Ty Wright got his 28 consecutive hit in the top of the fifth when he lined a ball into WSU's pitcher Max Hutson. Hutson shrugged it off. Back to Wright, he now owns the second longest hit-streak in Cowboy history. The longest belongs to the College Hall of Famer Robin Ventura, who has the NCAA record with a 58-game hitting streak.
The fourth inning went quick and easy for both squads as neither team got anything going.
The fifth inning saw Wright continue his hitting streak, but the Cowboys could do nothing more. Wright advanced to second on a stolen base and wild throw by Shockers first baseman Danny Jackson. Wright and the Cowboys did nothing more as the next two hitters went down with nothing to show.
So far this game is great and so is the atmosphere. Great fans on hand for this game as a few of the Ok State fans have made the trek from Stillwater to salt an pepper the orange into the crowd of black and gold here at Wichita State.
Shockers looking to add to lead. The Shox put runners at third an second when Derek Schermerhorn got an infield single off a fielders choice E-3. Cowboys first baseman Rebel Ridling snatched up the grougnd ball and tossed it over to second base, which was covered by shortstop Jordy Mercer, who missed the throw and the ball sailed into leftfield and moved the runners from first an second over to second an third. Somehow Cowboy starting pitcher Joe Kent escaped the inning by getting the next two batters to sit down quietly.
After five innings the Cowboys trail the Shockers 1-0.
After the Cowboys started the inning off with a base hit by centerfielder Keanon Simon they could not do any other damage. For the Shockers they beat up and dragged Cowboy pitcher Joe Kent, but only garnered one run from it. The Shockers Dusty Coleman grounded out to start the third for them, but Andy Dirks came up to bat and got himself a double down the third base line. Dirks subsequently stole third to give the Shockers a shot at getting the games first run on the board and they did. After a Derek Schermerhorn walk, Damon Sublett hit an RBI single through the gap between second and first to give the Shockers the early lead. The Shockers would do no more damage to the Cowboys and Joe Kent as they eached escaped with two runners left on base in scoring position.
For the second consecutive inning the Cowboys put a runner on third base and get nothing for it. Matt Mangini singled in his first at bat and on the very first pitch to Jordy Mercer he stole second for his sixth steal of the season. Mangini eventually moved to third base on Mercer's sac-fly to centerfield. Mangini sat at third for the rest of the inning. He sat there with only one out to watch three batters come up empty. Dylan Brown struckout swining, but the Cowboys got a little gleam in their eye when catcher Ryan Flavell, who is from the land down under (Australia), walked on five pitches. Then came the big man on campus, Ty Wright, he stroked one to leftfield and the wind looked to help him out but Shockers leftfielder Bret Bascue grabbed the ball for a line-out to end the at bat for the Cowboys.
Bascue must have fed off that defense, because he got on base for the Shockers in the bottom of the second on a bunt to the pitcher. Cowboy pitcher Joe Kent picked up the bunt and then attempted to dive at Bascue to tag him out, but he lost the ball in the process. Bascue eventually stole second to put a runner on second for the second consecutive inning for the Shockers, but again it was all to no avail as both teams still have nothing in the run column.
We have a good crowd on hand here at Eck Stadium/ Tyler Field in Wichita and the Shockers have already got on the backside of homeplate umpire Mark Wagers.
After the first inning, both teams put runners on base but neither could produce runs from it. The Cowboys put runners on the corners with only one out, but the Cowboys next two batters Corey Brown and Rebel Ridling, to get Max Hutson and the Shockers out of the inning alive.
The Shockers got Derek Schermerhorn on base with an infield single and one out who moved to second base on a Damon Sublett groundout to first. But for the Shockers could not muster anything else and left the inning the same as the Cowboys did with zero runs.
The weather in Wichita is chilly and windy. The temperature is hovering around the low 60's with the wind blowing in. This could be good for OSU, but last time I said that, they got swept by the Texas Longhorns. Since the Cowboys where swept by the Longhorns they have gone on to sweep the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Tech Red Raiders in consecutive weekends. The Cowboys are hot right now and will look to take advantage of a Wichita State team that has lost two of their last three games. Lets see what plays out from here.
On the mound for both team:
The Cowboys will send Joe Kent for his ninth start. Kent boasts a 3.37 ERA and a 4-1 record.
The Shockers will send Max Hutson for his sixth start. Hutson boasts a 4.88 ERA and a 1-2 record.
This game is being billed as whoever the winner is will get the chance to host an NCAA Regional. To me I don't care about that. I am just glad I get the chance to see a stellar game between two highly ranked and very talented teams. Yes the winner will move up in the eyes of the hands that be to get the shot at hosting a regional, but the shear magnitude and quality this game will bring is just exciting.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys traveled to Wichita, Ks to face a very talented Shockers team. The Shockers are a little different this year than years past. The Shockers boast the second best pitching staff in the nation with a 2.68 team ERA. The Shockers offense isn't so bad either. The Shox boast a team batting average of .302, they are led by Damon Sublett who is batting .358 with 4 HR and 38 RBI. The Cowboys may not have the stellar pitching the Shockers have, but the Cowboys have the bats to bury the pitchers in a hurry. The Shockers are not so hot with the bats. The Shox have played 59 games this season and they have only scored in the first inning in 16 of those games. The Cowboys are batting .331 as a team and have 75 homers, which is good for 3rd in the nation. Homeruns are not the only thing the Cowboys can do well hitting. The Cowboys have 387 RBIs, a .546 Slugging percentage, and a .418 On Base percentage.
Oklahoma State leads the overall series 48-29 and lead the series in Wichita 21-12.
OSU won the last meeeting in April of 2006, 9-4.
The Shockers are better on the road than at home according to the Shockers radio crew of Mike Kennedy & Terry Elliot. The Shockers are not so good in night games either. They are 14-10 in night games and 29-6 in day games, that means 10 of the 16 losses for the Shockers have come from night games, which should go well for Ok State.
WSU is also 7-8 in one-run games.
For Ok State, they are 31-0 when leading after six innings.
Ty Wright has a 27-game hitting streak.
The Cowboys order 1-7 is batting .317 or better and are led by Ty Wright who is batting .434
In one of the more exciting three game series I have ever seen, the OSU Cowboys stole game three from the Oklahoma Sooners for the season sweep for the second year in a row. I looked all the way back to the 1975 series and could not find that OSU swept OU in consecutive seasons ever. This has been a pretty evenly matched series since that time.
I thought the pitching move in the bottom of the ninth by OU head coach Sunny Golloway was the call that doomed OU's chances. Nich Conaway pitched great in relief for 5.2 innings of work and he walked the first Cowboy batter in the ninth. Golloway brought in Garrett Richards who was previously pounded by the Cowboys earlier in the series. Well Richards was not exactly pounded in the ninth but he did give up a walk to the first batter he faced, Jordy Mercer who got the win for the Cowboys to improve to 2-0 on the year and it gave Richards his first loss of the season.
MVP of the game and the series goes to the Cowboys Ty Wright. Wright hit .545 in the series with 3 RBIs. The RBI's overall were not a lot, but the one on Sunday gave the Cowboys the win.
The Cowboys now have sole possession of third place in the Big 12 and trail the Texas Longhorns by 2 1/2 games for first and trail the Missouri Tigers by 1 game for second place. Next week the Cowboys travel to Lubbock, Tx to face the lowly Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Sooners will travel to Columbia, Mo to take on the second place Tigers and will look to snap a five-game losing streak and will fight to keep position within the top eight of the conference to get a chance to play in the conference tournament.
From here at the "Brick" good night and good luck to both teams.
The OSU Cowboys just tied the game off a two-run sac bunt. Matt Lopez came to the plate with runners on first and second and zero outs. The Cowboys trailed 7-5 and looked dead in the water, but Cowboy head coach Frank Anderson wanted to take a chance and had Lopez bunt with two strikes to move the runners over. Well Lopez did and Sooners new pitcher Garrett Richards, who replaced Nich Conaway, made a wild throw to third in an attempt
to get the force out and over threw it and it scored Matt Mangini and Jordy Mercer to tie it up 7-7.
Ryan Pittman's sac bunt moves runner to third with only one out and Ty Wright hit a line shot to right-center to score the game winner. Wright did it in similar fashion against Texas A&M in College Station.
Cowboys win 8-7, sweep Sooners for second year in a row.
You kind of got the feeling heading into the eight the Cowboys were waiting for something good to happen and the Sooners were waiting for something bad to happen.
Well both happened in a matter of one play. Nich Conaway started the inning off by giving up two hits to Matt Lopez and Ryan Pittman to put runners on first and second. Ty Wright was the next batter up and he was just trying to get a sac bunt, but Conaway fielded the ball and threw it wildly to third to get the force but it failed as the ball caromed off the wall and into the outfield. Lopez scored off the error, which tied the game 5-5. Keanon Simon stepped into the box next to strikeout and give the Sooners their first out of the inning. Tyler Mach got pinged in the head to load the bases, but Corey Brown's attempted bunt failed to score Pittman as he was the force out at home to give the Cowboys two outs with the bases loaded. Well Rebel Ridling stepped into the box to do some damage, but Nich Conaway struck him out swinging to the delight of all the Sooner fans in the stands and to his teammates in the field and dugout. Conaway walked off the field fist pumping and chest bumping with teammates.
The Cowboys have left 12 runners on base and 6 of those have been in the last three innings.
Here we head to the ninth with the game all knotted up 5-5. Will be back momentarily to give details of one of the teams getting the game winner.
Corey Brown hit a 2-run homer with one out in the bottom of the third to give him 18 long balls on the year and 60 RBI's to give the Cowboys three runs and a one run deficit, then the wheels fell off for Joseph Hughes as he gave up back-to-back homers to Brown then Rebel Ridling hit a first pitch fastball to dead centerfield to tie the game. Brown sent his homerun about 360 feet and Ridling topped that with a 420 foot homerun.
At the end of three the Cowboys and Sooners are dead-locked 3-3.
OSU-OU: Cowboy fans go for the sweep; Kent to the showers
After the second inning, neither team got nothing more than a runner or two on base just to see it turn into nothing. The Oklahoma State fans have done it again though. They have outnumbered the Sooner fans in each game to give the Cowboys a clean sweep in the attendance area. Those Cowboy fans are cheering loud and proud early at the "Brick" in an attempt to give the Cowboy players a little extra motivation.
Oklahoma State starter Joe Kent fell on a little bad luck for the second time in a week. Kent did not make it passed two innings for the second time in as many starts and with his two walks early in the third he was yanked for Robbie Weinhardt. Weinhardt came in and gave up a single to the Sooners Jackson Williams to give them the lead 2-1, since that hit things have really come undone for the Cowboys. The Cowboys now trail the Sooners 4-1, but in that process centerfielder Keanon Simon rifled home a throw from center to throw out Jackson Williams to give the Cowboys their second out of the inning.
At the midway point of the third inning the Sooners lead the Cowboys 4-1.
Ty Wright started off the bottom of the first with a double to deep rightfield to extend his hit streak to 24 games. Wright made his return to the lineup after taking a seat in the clubhouse after getting thrown out of the game in the third inning last night.
Wright got his first hit of the day with the Cowboys down 1-0 after the Sooners scored the first run for the third straight game, but as you may already know the Cowboys have come back from that small deficit each of time to take the lead and win both games. The Sooners got on the board with an Aaron Baker hitting a dribbler down the third baseline to score fellow teammate Aaron Reza.
The Cowboys came back to tie it up in the bottom half after Wright moved to third on a sac bunt by Keanon Simon. Wright scored on a sac fly by Tyler Mach to even the game 1-1, but that was all the damage the Cowboys could muster.
For the fifth time in as many regular season games against the Sooners, the Cowboys have won their fifth game in a row over their in-state rival. The Cowboys will hope the weather doesn't delay or cancel the game as they want the sweep for the second consecutive year and the possibility of pushing the Sooners out of the Big 12 tournament, and guess what folks, if you don't make the Big 12 tournament you don't make the NCAA tournament. It may seem hateful, but that's what this rivalry is.
For Oliver Odle he earned his fifth win of the season after looking shaky and awful at times early in the game. Odle allowed only two runs in the first, then shut the Sooners down in six straight innings. He was reluctantly relieved by Justin Friend after going 6 2/3 strong innings. Odle and Friend combined to make the Sooners hit into four double plays. Odle pitched a gem and was followed by ace reliever Friend to give the Cowboys their groove back.
Speaking of getting their groove back. Jordy Mercer has got his groove back after suffering an early season knee injury. In the last two games Mercer has hit the go-ahead runs by homerun fashion. This is a Cowboy lineup that features seven batters that hit .339 or better and Mercer is not one of them. The Pokes are a daunting lineup to face no matter the other team. Last week the Texas Longhorns took away the Cowboy bats by forcing them to hit right at their position players.
With the win the Cowboys are now 33-13 overall and 12-8 conference. The Sooners fall to 28-19 overall and 8-12 conference.
Till tomorrow fellow baseball fans, pending weather. Either way the fans from both teams will sure to be at the "Brick" ready to go.
Justin Friend was not friendly to the Sooners or their fans as he and the Cowboys have now won two in a row over hated in-state rival Oklahoma. Ty Wright would be proud of his teammates as they took his ejection as motivation and took down the Sooners in easy fashion with a 10-2 victory.
After letting the rain and the Cowboys pour on, the Sooners are down to their final three outs after getting nothing but a few runners left on base in the top of the eighth. One telling stat for this game is four (4) double plays. Yes four, and they all belong to the Sooners hitting into them. That may end up being the Sooners Achilles heel this series. They have left six runners on base so far and that could be more or less depending on what would have happened if not for hitting into four DP's.
After the rain has finally subsided the fans have left as well, especially after seeing the Cowboys take total control of a game that started out to be grand at the onset.
Justin Friend is in to get his second consecutive save and eight of the year. Friend came in for Oliver Odle in the sixth, with one out. Be back momentarily to give the final outcome.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have officially taken complete control of this game when senior Tyler Mach hammered a three-run shot to deep left-center. The Cowboys added two runs early in the bottom of the seventh by playing a little small ball. The Cowboys are not good at playing small ball, but tonight there is something in the air as Ryan Pittman and Steve Ptak both had RBI bunts.
Mach has 11 homers on the season, which is good for second on the team. After the Cowboys poured on the runs with the rain, the Sooners fifth pitcher of the game got Corey Brown to strikeout to stop the bleeding for the Sooners and end the seventh.
Oklahoma's starting pitcher Heath Taylor got relieved after facing only one batter in the bottom of the sixth. Taylor was relieved by freshman Andrew Doyle who got Ty Wright's replacement in left field, Steve Ptak, to strikeout. Doyle then got Keanon Simon to ground out into a fielders choice, but walked Tyler Mach to put runners on first and second to face the ever daunting Corey Brown, who leads the Cowboys with 17 homeruns.
Well Doyle walked Brown to load the bases for Rebel Ridling, who has punished the Sooner pitching in the two games so far, but Ridling had no answer for Doyle's slider.
At the end of the sixth, Cowboys lead the Sooners 5-2.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Tyler Mach got the ball rolling for the Cowboys as he drew a one out walk and moved to second on a Corey Brown single. Well Mach helped do more damage to the Sooners when rightfielder Joe Dunigan could not locate a high fly ball into the rightfield corner that was hit by the Cowboys Rebel Ridling, who got a stand up double off Dunigans mistake, which scored Mach to increase the Cowboys lead 5-2. The Cowboys did load the bases with two outs, but were not able to do any more damage to the Sooners
With one out in the top of the sixth and runners on first and second, the Cowboy bullpen has some action going, but it was no avail as the Sooners hit into their third double play of the day, which ended the Sooners chances of trying to cut into the Cowboy lead.
Bedlam on the field as OU storms it; Cowboys add to lead
Not to long after Ty Wright extended his hit streak to 23 games, he was ejected from the game for throwing an intentional elbow according to the official scorekeeper.
Wright got caught in a run down between second and third to help get Tyler Mach on base. Wright fooled the shortstop into chasing him instead of going to first. Wright got away with a couple chases between the bags, but eventual gave up and went into third base looking to get on base and raised his arm to protect himself and hopefully knock the ball out.
He did protect himself, but the Oklahoma players did not take to kindly to Wright's actions and chased after him and the Sooner bullpen emptied into rightfield as the Cowboy bench and pen stayed put. After the scuffle played out the umpires held a meeting of the minds and decided to toss Wright for his actions, luckily for him he got that all important hit to move into a 23 game hit streak.
While the crazy stuff was happening Tyler Mach moved to second and eventually scored on a Corey Brown RBI double. The Cowboys now lead 4-2 heading into the top of the fifth as both teams had nothing doing in the fourth.
OSU-OU: Odle picks up the pieces; Wright extends streak
After struggling to find his control and the strike zone, Oliver Odle settled down and put away the Sooners for the second inning in a row. But in the third he did it on his own and picked up his first strikeout of the game.
To start the bottom of the third inning Ty Wright extended his hit streak to 23 games on a single up the middle.
The Cowboys put runners on the corners thanks to a Corey Brown double to start the inning and moving to third off a Rebel Ridling sac fly. Brown has scary good speed for as big as he is, Brown is 6'2" and built like a rock, no other player for the Cowboys could move from second to third on a shallow sac fly to right field, but he did. Matt Mangini was the third batter of the inning and drew a walk to put the runners on the corners. Well Jordy Mercer stepped to the plate to do damage for the second game in a row. He did it on a 0-1 count with a line shot home run to about the 340 mark. The longball was his second in as many games and put the Cowboys up 3-2 to the voiced pleasures of the Orange clad faithful.
Oliver Odle may not make it out of the second inning for the Cowboys. Odle is erratic and does not look like his usual self.
Odle just got saved by a great play at third by Matt Mangini, who snagged a hard hit ball down the line by Zach Hedges to turn a double-play which helped Odle and the Cowboys get out of the inning without giving up a run.
For the second consecutive Bedlam game the Cowboy fans have answered the call and pulled the funds together to find a way to the "Brick" for game two of the Bedlam series. The Cowboys won game one on the field and in the stands. Let's see what game two will bring in this fantastic ballpark at the "Brick"
In one of the best ballparks in triple-A baseball, the Oklahoma Redhawks have a fancy park to play some of America's great pastime. The park is built like a pro park and looks almost identical to the one the Texas Rangers use in Arlington, but a little smaller as the right and left field walls are 325 feet from homeplate and the centerfield wall is 400 feet away from the plate. Lets see how the ball flys around this park tonight.
The fans are filing into Bricktown Ballpark with a little over an hour before game time to watch the teams throw the old leather ball around, run sprints, and play a little pepper. For all the non-baseball followers out there, pepper is where five players or so line up next to each other in the outfield and one other player hits a few soft hits at the guys lined up next to each other.
Well the Cowboys have now won seven in a row over the Sooners in Tulsa, but have only won in Oklahoma City thee times since 2004. That would give the Cowboys three wins in six tries.
The start time for this game has been pushed back due to inclement weather, but the game is a go as of now. So on to the starting pitchers for both teams.
The Cowboys and the aluminum assault will look to pounce on Sooner staring pitcher Heath Taylor who sports a 3.61 ERA and a 7-2 record.
The Sooners will look to knock around the Cowboys steady senior starter Oliver Odle. He sports a 5.22 ERA and a 4-4 record.
The Cowboys come into today's game with the Big 12's best hitters. The Cowboys bring a .332 average and also lead the Big 12 in runs and hits per game, and six Cowboy regular starters are hitting .335 or better.
The Cowboys picked up win number 32 of season and struck first in the three game series to break a three-game losing streak and move the Sooners into a three-game losing streak. The Orange and Crimson colored fans saw one heck of a show that will surely intensify the next two days. The Cowboys came back with solid hitting and good bullpen work, while the Sooners crumbled in defeat thanks to their bullpen
Star of the game: Tie; Rebel Ridling, hit the game tying homerun in the seventh and teammate Ty Wright started the Cowboy motivation with a two-run triple in the sixth to bring the Cowboys within striking distance. Wright also went 3-5 on the night which is not to shabby either. So till tomorrow night at the "Brick" I will catch all you baseball fans later.
Headed into the top of the ninth, the Cowboys are sticking with Justin Friend to close out the game. The Cowboys look to stop a three-game losing streak.
Tyler Mach to the rescue at second base. Mach made an outstanding jump to grab a line shot from the Sooners Joe Dunigan to get the first out. The hit looked to be a sure fire double if it snuck over Mach's glove, but Mach made the play that possibly saved the game for the Cowboys.
Friend got his (6) save of the season and Brandon Adams won his second game of the year to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Streak snapped and one of the most odd Bedlam games I have ever seen. I have been to a lot of Bedlam games in my time and I cannot remember a game that turned out like this. The Cowboys looked downright beat for the fourth game in a row, but with a couple of longballs to come to the rescue the Cowboys made a miraculous turnaround and got the win.
After nine and a half innings the Texas Longhorns have completely controlled this game. The Cowboys have one final curtain call to try and curtail this Longhorn bashing. Lets see what happens.
Randy Boone in for the Longhorns to close out the game. Cowboys have runners on the corners with only one out. Rebel Ridling to the plate. Ouch he goes down swinging, one out remaining for the Cowboys. Pinch hitter Dusty Harvard strikes out looking. Down go the Cowboys and here come the Horns who leave Stillwater with a six game win streak.
Final score from Stillwater: 7-0 in favor of the Longhorns.
In the bottom of the seventh inning Cowboy third baseman Matt Mangini was ejected after arguing a called third strike. Mangini was immediately ejected, but he was not ready to go, he threw off his helmet and got in the face of homeplate umpire Mike Morris. Mangini then threw his bat down and continued to give Morris some choice words I'm sure. Well after a few minutes Mangini left and Cowboy head coach Frank Anderson came in to continue the argument. He was not ejected but got at least a warning. The officiating crew held a brief meeting after Anderson went back to the Cowboy dugout. I said this game would get interesting and it has, just not by the actions of the actual game but by the actions of the fans, coaches and players arguing with the umpires.
Heading into the bottom of the eight inning Horns still lead 7-0. They will most likely hang on to this game as they have the sure handed strong arm Joseph Krebs on the mound to close the game out.
At the end of the fifth inning in every Cowboy home game, the marketing team challenges a fan to catch three fly balls in right field. Well for the first time all season a fan has won the big prize by catching all three balls. The fan won a t-shirt, team colored crocs (a flip-flop type shoe), and a team autographed baseball. Congrats to him on the daring feat.
Have I mentioned the gorgeous weather for the third day in a row. It's a bright sunny day in Stillwater with the heat getting to 80 degrees and a slight breeze flowing from rightfield to leftfield. Another day that could help the Cowboys bats come to life. So far, no good.
At the end of the top of the sixth, Texas leads 4-0. They added another run on a bases loaded sac fly by Chais Fuller, so the bottom half of the Longhorns lineup continues to haunt and hurt the Cowboy hurlers.
The thoughts that run through any Oklahoma State fan on Sunday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds is "I hope we don't get swept." The Texas Longhorns are looking to do something no team has ever done in the history of Allie P. Reynolds existence. Oklahoma State has never last three games in a row at Allie P., that goes all the way back to 1981, the year Allie P. was opened. Also this season OSU has not lost three games in a row, but Texas will look to get it's second conference sweep of the year.
Today will be interesting to see as each team will be sending pitchers by request. The Cowboys will be sending Joe Kent to the mound for his seventh start of the year, he is 4-0. The Longhorns will send Austin Wood, who has an 8-3 record.
Will the crowd pack the house for the third day in a row or Will the fans stay home and cheer after seeing the Longhorns win two straight?
You can see it in their body language as they trudge around the field and to the batters box. Going into the top of the ninth the Cowboys send their fifth pitcher of the game to the mound. Freshman Tyler Blandford gets the call now. I just have the feeling the coach Frank Anderson may be throwing in the towel for this game. Why send in another pitcher when the last pitcher Josh Fritsche shuts the 'Horns down with ease? Don't know what's going on, but something just doesn't seem right for the Cowboys.
In the bottom of the seventh Donnie Webb doubled give OSU it's first extra base hit since Corey Brown's homerun in the first inning.
Alaniz looks to be stuggling, he loads the bases with one out to bow out and be replaced by Josheph Krebs, who got the win last night to improve to 6-0 on the season. Lets see what he can do in a jam situation with the meat of the Cowboys lineup at the plate.
Well Oliver Odle lasted only 4 1/3 innings in today's game. In the same inning Odle loaded the bases just to get relieved by freshman Tyler Lyons. On Lyons second pitch Russell Moldenhauer launched a 1-0 pitch straight down the right field line for a grand slam and give the Longhorns 6-2 lead. Lyons fared no better against Nick Peoples who sent a shot to right field as well, this time off the Carl's Jr. sign just above the right fielder Corey Brown's head.
The score moves to 7-2 and Lyons gets removed after a dismal performance. Lyons is replaced by Robbie Weinhardt, who comes in and gets out of the inning without giving OSU anymore damage.
With the last few innings going silent except for the occasional crowd displeasures. Longhorns catcher Preston Clark hit a shot to right center for a two-run homerun and tie the game up at two apiece (2-2).
After struggling a little in the fourth Oliver Odle looks like his day may be coming to and end. Odle did get out of the fourth when he forced 'Horns Travis Tucker to groundout into a double play to end the fourth.
With last nights game turning out to be a role reversal of sorts with the Texas Longhorns hitting two home runs and taking game one of the three game series 3-2.
Today's game is a match-up of each team's ace pitcher. Adrian Alaniz hits center stage for the 'Horns sporting a 10-2 record and a 2.54 ERA. Alaniz will be matched up against the Cowboys ace Oliver Odle, who come in with a 4-3 record and a 4.80 ERA.
Well the attendance was nice last night in an almost capacity crowd at Allie P. Reynolds stadium. I thought that it may be due to the game being on TV, well the crowd has come out in droves today as well. OSU must have put the good word out that there are some huge baseball games this weekend. Message received and why not, the weather is great today as was yesterday. Todays temps are high 70s to low 80s with the wind blowing south, which is directly towards homeplate.
OSU basketball player Byron Eaton threw out first pitch for a strike in todays rubber match. Eaton is famous for his acrobatic half court shot in the triple over-time game against none other than the Texas Longhorns, which the Cowboys went on to win.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth the Cowboys trail 3-2. First up to the plate is Donnie Webb, a pinch hitter. Webb walked and I believe OSU head coach Frank Anderson just signaled for a 30-second timeout.
The timeout was to put in pinch runner Dusty Harvard, the fastest Cowboy on the team.
Frank Anderson was just tossed from the game after running to second base to argue the call that Harvard was safe after he was thrown out after Matt Lopez laid down a sweet bunt. The call at second was close, but it sure looked like he was safe to all those in the box.
Cowboy fans give it to the ump's after their Cowboys fail to answer the toll of the bell.
With runners on first and second, Ty Wright grabbed a line shot to left and threw a rocket to second to double up Preston Clark. That was an inning saving play and now he goes to the plate as the first batter of the inning in the bottom of the seventh. Wright strikes out looking on a pitch that looked to catch him on the arm. Wright voices his issues right along with the crowd with the homeplate ump. The crownd groans continue as the homeplate ump continues with his calls. I would have to agree with the fans on some of those calls.
McCrory takes over, just to get relieved; Breedlove trucks on
Pat McCrory was supposed to come in and relieve Russell after he struggled in the fifth. Well McCrory came into the game and threw seven consecutive ball and and his eight pitch he finally got his first strike, but the next pitch was a ball and that put two runners on the bags.
The Cowboys pinch hit for Kendall Horner and sent Steve Ptak to get a sac-bunt that moved the runners into scoring position. The Longhorns make another pitching change, this time sending the reliable Joseph Krebs.
Krebs does his job by sitting down Keanon Simon for the Cowboys to end the sixth and get a sigh of relief from the Longhorn fans in attendance. Head coach Frank Anderson must be shaking his head in disappointment after his Cowboys could not plate any runs. Going into the top of the seventh the score is still tied 2-2.
Anderson may be disappointed with the bats, but he has got to be pleased with Breedlove's outing. He just gave up his fourth hit of the game, which resulted in a Nick Peoples triple.
Can the 'Horns capitalize?
Anderson unhappily trudges to the mound to inform Breedlove that his best outing of his career has to end after he intentionally walked Chais Fuller, but he leaves to a standing "O". Justin Friend is in for relief duty.
Breedlove let's a runner on base thanks to a catcher interference call. Jordan Danks tried to lay down a bunt, but popped up to Breedlove, he then picked off Danks on first after about thirty attempts at him.
The Longhorns Chance Wheeless hits a huge bomb in the top of sixth to tie the game. It is Wheeless' fourth of season.
Looks like this game is finally getting a little more exciting. You can feel the anticipation from the crowd and both teams, that it's about time for one of these teams to explode. Whoever strikes next could unload for some runs and eventually take the game.
Longhorns starter James Russell walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth after getting the first 2 hitters out. The inning was long, but Russell survived thanks to his good fielding teammates and timely mound visits from Longhorns head coach Augie Garrido and his catcher Preston Clark.
Russell Moldenhauer answered for the Longhorns when he sent an off-speed pitch from Breedlove to right center for his third homer of the season and close the gap in the scoring column, but Breedlove answered right back by sitting the next three hitters down.
Singing of "YMCA" sends us to the bottom of the fifth with a 2-1 score.
Breedlove continued his domination over the Longhorns bats. He picked up his sixth strikeout in the fourth and has only allowed one hit thus far. For Cowboy pitching this season, this game is not what most expected from Breedlove, but to the surprise of all in the press box he has impressed and looks strong.
On a beautiful spring evening the ballgame thus far has produced only on the defensive side, until Rebel Ridling hit a sac fly to deep left center to give the Cowboys a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth and Jordy Mercer lined a hit to center to score Matt Mangini and move the score to 2-0 in the Cowboys favor.
Russell balk sends runners to second and third with only one out, which turned out to be costly for the 'Horns. Crowd really into game
Before the fifth inning Diamond Dolls lead fans in the chicken dance. Looks like the kids and a few parents are more into the fun than the college kids.
Senior Ryan Flavell got the first out of the top of the third by laying out behind the plate to snag a foul ball. Sophomore Jordy Mercer received a loud ovation when he doubled up the Longhorns by snagging a line shot to his left at shortstop and firing over to first to get Chais Fuller out and end the inning.
Dancing with the Dolls. Between the third inning the OSU Diamond Dolls lead all fans in dancing to a music choice that changes each game. What a way to keep fans involved early and often.
'Horns answer right back with some defense of their own, getting the Cowboys to go down 1,2,3 in untraditional fashion. The score in this early rubber match is 0-0 going into the top of the fourth inning.
Large crowd on hand to welcome the Longhorns and watch the most anticipated series of the season for Oklahoma State fans.
The series is so huge, OSU women's head basketball coach Kurt Budke threw out the first pitch. Budke is coming off a season in which he lead his Cowgirls to an NCAA tournament birth for the first time since 1996. The OSU band is on hand as well to help lead the fans in the school fight songs.
The crowd is probably the largest on hand in over a year.
As of 5:00 p.m. in Stillwater the wind is blowing north. At Allie P. that is dead center, so for the Cowboys it could be fruitful or futile. The Cowboys have the best bats in the Big 12 but the Longhorns have the best pitching. The game will be interesting to say the least, as both teams can produce the long ball. If the game comes down to batting the Cowboys have the upper hand, but if the wind plays an over-factor, the Longhorns have the better arms on the mound and the Cowboys have struggled with starting pitching all season.
Stillwater: Oklahoma State and Texas Battle for Big 12 Supremacy
The top two teams of the Big 12 face-off in a battle for Big 12 supremacy.
The OSU Cowboys will be taking on perennial powerhouse in the Texas Longhorns. The 'Horns come to Stillwater sporting a 34-12 record overall and a 14-4 league record and a #4 ranking. The Cowboys come into the series with a 31-10 overall and 10-5 in league play and a #12 ranking.
Tonights game will be featured on ESPNU, with a 6:30 CST start, so tune into your local listings to check what time and channel in your area.