OKLAHOMA CITY–After coming from behind to tie the game in the ninth, fourth-seeded West Virginia University fell 4-3 to eighth-seeded Oklahoma State in extra innings on Saturday afternoon during the semifinal of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Down to their final two outs, the Mountaineers (34-24) got some more ninth inning magic. Kevin Brophy doubled and Riley Troutt came on to pinch run. On Jimmy Galusky’s single through the right side, Troutt scored to tie it 3-all.
“We’ve played a lot of games this year that have come down to the last inning,”WVU head coach Randy Mazey said. “We lost a lot of them early but we got walked-off three times with a runner on our spring trip. When we got home we started walked other people off and when we started playing home games. So a game like that’s not unusual to us and that’s what we talked about, let’s walk them off, we’re the home team, we’ve got a chance to win this thing in the bottom of the inning. I mean we all feel confident with all the experience we’ve had in games like that. I was confident the whole time when McCain was backpedaling that ball in left field. I still thought we had a chance to win but some unbelievable at-bats with the game on the line and Jimmy’s being one of them. Unbelievable pitches with the game on the line that Shane was making and all the guys that came in there that haven’t pitched much this year to step up and pitch the way they did on the stage that they we’re on. It was basically another road game for us, not really a neutral game. It speaks volumes of the effort that these kids put into being baseball players on this team.”
However, the Cowboys (29-25) took a 4-3 lead in the 10th. With one out, Bryce Fischer doubled and Troutt hit Ryan Cash. On Garrett McCain’s single to left, Fischer scored from second.
During the bottom half, the Mountaineers tried once more to tie the game. Cole Austin reached on an error and advanced to second. But Jackson Cramer drove a pitch to the left field wall where McCain made the catch to end the game.
Darius Hill had three hits and Kyle Gray for the WVU.
McCain had three hits and four RBI for Oklahoma State.
Starter Kade Strowd pitched 5.2 strong innings for the Mountaineers. He gave up two runs on three hits while striking out seven.
Shane Ennis pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball. He gave up one hit and fanned five.
In the fourth, WVU took a 1-0 lead when Cramer’s sacrifice fly scored Hill.
With runners on first and second Sigman walked Cash and then gave up a bases clearing double to McCain to put the Cowboys ahead 3-1 in the sixth.
The Mountaineers got one run back in the bottom half when Ivan Gonzalez scored from third on a wild pitch.
Cramer’s sacrifice fly in the fourth tied, teammate, Gray for most RBI in the tournament thus far with six. Cole Austin is also tied for third with four RBI in Big 12 Championship play.
Oklahoma State’s Colin Simpson picked up his Big 12-leading seventh hit of Championship play.
The loss eliminated WVU from the tournament and Mazey’s squad will now wait for their seeding in the Field of 64 on Monday.
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