The Cowboys trailed 9-2 heading into the eighth inning but rallied to tie the game with five runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to send it to extra innings.
Keanon Simon's bases loaded sacrifice fly in the 13th was the difference as
OSU won its first conference tourney title since closing out the Big Eight
with its 16th consecutive title in 1996.
"What a game," said first year coach Frank Anderson. "I am excited for our
players. This group of guys has not won on a big stage for a while, and I
am excited for them. You get that opportunity to win a Bedlam series, and
win conference tournament games, and obviously win the championship game
and do that from behind is really neat. I always say when you compete at
the highest level, you start to make plays you've never made before as long
as you give your heart and soul to it. I really believe that. You start to
overcome barriers. And I think we overcame some barriers this week."
Josh Fields led off the eighth with a double and moved to third on a single
by Jason Jaramillo. Scott Kirby followed with a RBI single and after Rod
Allen lined to first, one of the wilder plays of the game occurred. Thomas
Incaviglia hit a chopper to the pitcher who threw the ball away, allowing
Jaramillo to score and advancing Kirby to third and Incaviglia to second.
Keanon Simon then roped a single to center off of closer Mark Alexander to
make it 9-6. Rusty Ryal had a single to right-center to make it 9-7.
Fields led off the ninth with a homer to left field to cut the lead to one.
Jason Jaramillo then walked and was pinch run for by Justin Vinyard. Kirby
and Allen had back-to-back fly outs before Incaviglia had an infield hit
that third baseman Jeremy Hernandez misplayed allowing both runners to
advance to second and third. Vinyard would then score on a passed ball by
catcher Brad Flanders to tie the game.
Both teams had base runners in extra innings but the Cowboys finally got on
the board in the 13th. Kyle West hit a fly ball to left that Lee Laskowski
dropped and would then advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kirby. Rod
Allen and Thomas Incaviglia were then intentionally walked to load the
Dane Mason closed out the game in the bottom of the inning to record his
first save of the year.
Thomas Cowley (7-3) picked up his second win of the tournament, pitching
4.1 inning of scoreless relief. Cowley just gave up two hits while walking
two and striking out three.
Fields, Kirby and Incaviglia each had three hits on the afternoon to lead
the 16 hit Cowboy attack.
OSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on RBI singles by
Jason Jaramillo and Scott Kirby.
The Tigers took advantage of two Cowboy errors to plate three runs in the
bottom of the first to take the lead.
After DeWayne Carver walked the bases loaded with one out in the third,
James Boone blasted a grand slam homer to left-center, but was called out
at first after passing a base runner. Boone was credited with a three-run
single to give Mizzou a 6-2 lead.
Lee Laskowski added a RBI single in the fifth to make it 7-2 Missouri.
Trevor Helms added a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 9-2.
The Cowboys will find out where they are going in the NCAA tournament
tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. as the selection show will be broadcast live on
Oklahoma State 200 000 052 000 1 -10 16 2
Missouri 303 012 000 000 0 - 9 11 3
Carver, McDonald (4), Rew (5), Ingle (6), Cowley (8) and Jaramillo.
Broshuis, Hill (8), Alexander (8), Admire (13) and Flanders. W- Cowley 7-3;
L- Admire 4-2; Sv- Mason (1). HRs- OSU- Fields (10); MU- Helms (2)
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