Oklahoma State Wins Big 12 Baseball Championship

ARLINGTON, Texas– Oklahoma State won its first ever Big 12 baseball tourney crown in dramatic fashion as the Cowboys defeated Missouri 10-9 in 13 innings Sunday afternoon at Ameriquest Field.

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 bases.

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 ESPN2.

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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