Cowboys Earn No. 2 Seed in Big 12 Tourney

Oklahoma State with the 7-3 win Sunday over Texas Tech completes its second straight sweep of a Big 12 opponent. Texas Tech came into the series playing its best baseball of the year with a dominating sweep over Missouri last week. The sweep by the Cowboys, and a little help from OU, has left the Cowboys sitting as the undisputed second-place finisher in the Big 12, and the No. 2 seed in this week's Big 12 tournament.

A host of characters were to thank for the sweep. At the forefront of any sweep is pitching and this weekend was no exception. Cowboy pitchers kept the Red Raiders in check all weekend. Matt Smith, Texas Tech DH, was held without a hit in the three-day series for the first time all year.

Matt Gardner, Friday night's starter, continued his excellence on the mound, going seven innings and allowing just two earned runs. It was Gardener's fourth straight win - over that period the sophomore righty has allowed just eight runs. Jordy Mercer, Cowboy shortstop and closer, came in and picked up his fourth save of the year.

Cowboy ace Brae Wright kept the heat on Saturday, with an eight inning gem, allowing just three earned runs and striking out five. Oliver Odle, the hero starter of the Bedlam series, picked up his third save of the year on Saturday.

Sunday featured an unlikely starter in freshman Jeff Breedlove. Jeff's last appearance was that forgettable Tuesday game with Oral Roberts, where he pitched just a third of an inning, allowing two hits and walking another runner. Breedlove gave the Cowboy coaching staff what they were looking for with five good innings, allowing just two runs.

The Cowboy offense was led by a pair of unlikely heros in center fielder Keanon Simon and catcher Matt Clarkson. Keanon racked up eight hits in the three games to lead all hitters. Clarkson was hitting a lowly .250 entering the series, but had five hits in 10 at-bats against the Red Raiders.

The sweep completes the regular season for the Pokes, as they set their sights on a Big12 Tournament run. The Pokes will be in teh same pool as Mizzou, which is coming off a sweep of No. 1-seeded Texas; OU, which is coming off a series win over Nebraska in Lincoln; and Kansas, which swept Texas A&M this weekend.

The Pokes finish the year 39-15 overall and 17-9 in conference.

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