Pokes Moves Into Big 12 Semifinals With 7-1 win

ARLINGTON, Texas - Oklahoma State ace southpaw Spencer Grogan pitched his seventh complete game of the season to lead the Cowboys into the semifinals of the Big 12 Tourney with a 7-2 win over Nebraska Friday afternoon at Ameriquest Field

Grogan gave up just one run and that came in the bottom of the ninth on a fielding error. He allowed just three hits with no walks and three strikeouts to improve to 12-2 on the year.

  ?The biggest thing in this game is the pitching,? said OSU head coach Frank Anderson. ?It definitely sets the tone and Grogan threw a complete game. There were times that the defense was not behind him, but we got things done when we needed to.?

  The Cowboys won the first two games of a Big 12 tourney for the first time since the inaugural 1997 campaign. The win was the first over Nebraska in five tournament games.

  With Grogan?s complete game, the Cowboys became the first team in Big 12 tourney history to have back-to-back complete games. It was also the first time a team has had two complete games in the tourney since Baylor did it in 1999.  

OSU got on the board first in the fifth inning, when Jason Jaramillo lined a two-out RBI single to center that plated Ty Wright who reached earlier on a base hit to right-center.

  The Pokes then broke it open in the eighth scoring four runs to make it 5-0. Freshmen Thomas Incaviglia and Keanon Simon came up big in the inning with an RBI single and two-run single respectively. Rusty Ryal closed out the inning with a RBI double to left-center.  

OSU added two more runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Chris Gutierrez and another RBI single by Incaviglia to close out the scoring.  

?Spencer did a great job against us,? stated Nebraska head man Mike Anderson. ?We wanted to make him throw strikes, and obviously he did that. Strikeouts seem to demoralize the team and diminishes from what you are trying to do. He got us in a defensive mode, and you just can?t be offensive if you are trying to put it into play.?  

Oklahoma State improved to 35-22 overall and will face the winner of tonight?s Nebraska/Texas game tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in the semifinals. The Cowboys need just one more win to move into the Big 12 tournament finals for the first time ever and the first time since winning the final Big Eight tourney in 1996.  

  Oklahoma State                                 0 0 0    0 1 0    0 4 2    -7   12  3         

Nebraska                                            0 0 0    0 0 0    0 0 1    -1   3    2   Grogan and Jaramillo. Kroenke, Sillman (8), Becker (8), Schoeninger (9) and Grose W- Grogan 12-2, L- Kroenke 7-5 Sv- None. HRs: None.

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