OSU Sweep Continues Dominance Over Texas

Oklahoma State football has won three of the last five games over Texas and all of those wins have been in Austin. The OSU basketball team swept Texas this season, but it is baseball where the Cowboys have really had the Longhorns' number as of late. It continued on Easter Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in front of just short of a thousand chilly fans.

A national ESPNU television audience caught the Cowboys act for the second day in a row and the brooms were out as Oklahoma State followed the 6-3, 18-inning win on Friday night/Saturday morning and the 3-1 win on Saturday night with Sunday's 8-3 win to close out the sweep.

It was Oklahoma State's school record 10th Big 12 Conference series win in a row, and that list also includes taking two of three from Texas in Austin last season.

"It means a lot," said Donnie Walton of winning the series over UT. "Coming in, we're always looking for a sweep. You grow up watching Texas on TV and you know all about their tradition. We were on ESPN this weekend and that's always a ball player's dream to play on TV. It's momentum moving forward. If we can just keep playing like we're playing, things will work out."

Walton was 3-for-4 on the day at the plate and scored two runs. Corey Hassel, the hero of the extra inning game in the series opener with his late pitching performance and the win and his walk-off three-run homer to end it, was 2-for-3 sunday with an RBI. But the hitting star for the Cowboys was first baseman Dustin Williams, who has also been hot with the bat as of late.

Williams was 2-for-4 with 5 RBI. He smoked a low liner just off the grass down the first base line in the third inning that caught first base umpire Travis Olsen on the shin. You could tell it really hurt and while Olsen was struggling to get up and confirm it was a fair ball two Cowboys circled the bases to score.

"I hit that ball pretty good," Williams said modestly. "I was trying to put a good swing on the ball."

Williams was back in the fourth with the bases loaded and this time pounded a line drive with a little more height off the wall in left field that the speedy Ben Johnson of Texas could not catch up to. The double cleared the bases for three more runs.

"I'm just going out there and trusting my training and trusting myself at the plate," Williams added before addressing the double. "He almost made an incredible play on that and our guys did a good job of getting on base and then getting home for those runs."

Cowboys Sunday starter and two-time consecutive Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Michael Freeman said he didn't have his usual stuff but he was good enough to go eight innings and hold Texas to two runs on four hits. Freeman struck out seven Texas hitters and walked only three to go to 6-0 on the season.

As a team, Oklahoma State is now 22-9 overall and the Cowboys are 7-2 in conference play. They are in first place but still with plenty of baseball yet to be played including a non-conference home game on Tuesday against Bedlam rival OU and a road series at Kansas next weekend.

Everybody we talked to felt this series sweep over Texas is a momentum builder.

"It was very important for sure," head coach Josh Holliday said. "It was a grueling series in terms of competing against a team like Texas who is very good. You have that 18-inning game (Friday's opener) so your kids basically square off for 36 innings, that's a lot. It's mentally draining as much as anything.

"Sweeping Texas is not an easy thing to do. I'm very proud of our team. It was just a gritty effort by our kids. It wasn't necessarily perfect, but the competitive spirit was strong."

Most folks think of ham as the traditional meat on the Easter dinner table, but the Cowboys enjoyed some good ole steak this weekend.

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