OKLAHOMA CITY -- For the second-straight year, and third in the past four, the Oklahoma State Cowboys finished the Big 12 Tournament without a win.
OSU dropped their elimination game
"David was outstanding today," said OU coach Larry Cochell. "He was in control of the ballgame the whole way."
Shortly thereafter, he scored off a base hit to left center field by shortstop Eddie Cornejo to put OU up 1-0.
The Cowboys saved face, however, when OSU righthander Daniel Rew forced Sooner right fielder Greg Kish into the inning ending double play with the bases loaded.
The Cowboys immediately answered with a home run blast to left field by catcher Jason Jaramillo.
"That darn catcher (Jaramillo), he's
hittin' .500 against us or more," Cochell said. "He's a good player. I hope he
But with the bases loaded and only one out, Purcey fired a three-pitch strikeout at second baseman Brian Kraft and forced a ground out by shortstop Chris Gutierrez to prevent any further scoreboard damage, 1-1.
"When a power pitcher like that gets in a rhythm like that, you've just got to get the one good pitch," Holliday said. "We did a good of getting the count to hit in, but we just didn't get it, and that's a tribute to the guy on the mound."
The Sooners knocked in three more runs in the third and fourth innings, including a two-run shot by left fielder Andrew McGuire to put OU up 4-1.
"It shows you what a great coach I am, I have a guy who doubles and hits a home run sittin' on the bench," Cochell said jokingly. "He's one of the guys that we've had high hopes for, and he's struggled. But here comes the bottom line, he's one of the first guys to pick people up. He's been ready to play, and you can hear him on the bench. That's the guy you want to play."
Normal starting pitchers Spencer Grogan and Joe Weaver replaced Rew after he went 3.2 innings and gave up all four of the Sooners' runs.
In the top of the fifth inning, Josh Fields lined a double to left field with two outs, scoring Gutierrez to cut the lead to 4-2. However, neither team would cross home plate again.
The top of the seventh started promising for the Pokes, getting their first and only lead-off batter on base, but with runners on first and second, first baseman Matt Bose made a leaping diving catch on a line drive by Fields to kill the potential rally.
"Little things like that in a 4-2 ballgame are very important," Holliday said. "Very, very important play."
McAuliff came in for the Sooners to
finish the games, and OSU managed only one hit off the
"He (McAuliff) came at the strike zone, and you've gotta hit it in the air and you've gotta hit it into a gap," Holliday said. "Obviously he pitched at some of our guys' weaknesses and he found it. He was fresh."
Barring a potential NCAA Tournament bid, the Cowboys finished their season with a Bedlam loss, but Holliday believes his team is worthy of another postseason.
"I know you get nothing for playing two good ballgames in a tournament. I know that there's no such thing as a good game column," Holliday said. "But I still believe that this league's powerful enough to get six teams in."
Complied by Brandon Ingham
Daniel Rew VS Oklahoma
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· Daniel Rew made his first career start on the mound for OSU, hoping to boost a lagging Cowboy starting lineup
· Threw 70 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, 28 balls- 42 strikes
· Faced 19 Sooner hitters, 14 of which got a first pitch strike
· Did an excellent job of using his breaking ball to get ahead in the count
· Did a very good job of spotting his fastball when needed
· Struggled when getting ahead in the count
· Could not find his "outpitch"
· 4 of the 6 hits given up by Rew came against left-handed batters and two were for extra bases
· Bottom of the order (7-8-9) was 3-6, thus flipping the lineup over back to the top
· Final Line for Rew: 3 2/3 Innings, 6 Hits, 4 Runs, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K and a Loss (2-2)
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Came in to relieve Rew with 2 outs in the fourth All pitches were working well as he held the sooners to just 3 hits over the next 4 innings Threw a mere 49 pitches over those 4 innings, 31 of them for strikes Especially did well over the low and outside corner of the plate One of Grogan's better outings of the year, finished up at 3-5 with a 5.09 ERA Final Line on Grogan: 4 innings, 3 hits, 0 Runs, 1 BB, 1 K and a no decision