OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.–The third-seeded Oklahoma State baseball team defeated No. 4-seeded West Virginia 5-2 for the Big 12 Championship on Sunday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
After defeating TCU in extra innings, the Cowboys (36-18) scored five runs on six hits. The Mountaineers (37-20) scored two runs on eight hits.
“Congrats to the Cowboys, very well deserving, they have a great team,” head coach Randy Mazey said. “When you get late in the tournament like this, and you have some attrition in the bullpen, you need to find heroes, those guys that go out there and pitch on multiple days. They (Oklahoma State) ran two guys out there in this game that pitched in the first game. That’s not easy to do, but they changed the game with their defense. We talk about it with (junior outfielder Brandon White) and Shea Langeliers from Baylor, but their shortstop and their right fielder, between the two of them, saved a bunch of runs today. We had our opportunities, we had guys on base and hit into a couple double plays. We hit the ball hard, it just goes right to them. If those balls go between them, it’s a whole different game. If we didn’t have another weekend to play, if we weren’t fighting to host a regional, then we can leave old Snyd-man (junior left-handed starter Nick Snyder) in there for the whole game. We took him out just when he usually starts getting good, but he did a great job, all of our guys did. I think that’s the fourth straight year we’ve made the semifinals in this tournament, and twice out of the last four, we’ve played for the championship. So, I’m super proud of our guys, love Oklahoma City. I can’t wait to be back.”
Nick Snyder got the start on short rest and pitched three scoreless innings, issuing just one hit and striking out seven for WVU.
Brett Standlee tossed seven innings. He gave up one run on seven hits for Texas Tech.
In the top of the third, TJ Lake led off the inning with a base hit. Back-to-back bunt singles loaded the bases for the Mountaineers with no outs. Brandon White hit into a double play but Lake scored from third to give WVU a 1-0 advantage.
Once again, control issues proved costly for the Mountaineers.
Madison Jeffrey walked two batters and hit a batter to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth. Mazey called upon Zach Reid, who walked Colin Simpson and tying the game at 1-1. Then Andrew Navigato drilled a ball into left field, allowing two runs to score. White threw Simpson out at home on the play to end the inning.
The Red Raiders added two runs in the eighth to take a 5-1 lead. WVU got one run back in the ninth when Paul McIntosh doubled and scored on Kevin Brophy’s groundout but that was as close as the Mountaineers would get.
Sam Kessler pitched 2.2 innings and gave up two runs on two hits while fanning three for WVU.
The Mountaineers will head back to Morgantown and await their fate in the NCAA Tournament seeding.
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS