Cowboys Advance To Super Regional

Ty Wright had his share of big hits during a 35-game hitting streak the last two months but none of those were as big as his three-run homer in the fifth inning to help Oklahoma State defeat Arkansas 7-6 in front of nearly 10,000 Razorback fans Sunday night in Fayetteville, Ark. The Cowboys, 41-19, advance to a Super Regional for the first time since 1999 with the victory.

Wright, a senior from Tyler, Texas, had his 35-game hitting streak stopped in Saturday's winner's bracket win over the Razorbacks, but he made Arkansas pay Sunday night. Wright's homer over the left-field fence came on a 3-2 pitch with Steve Ptak and Keanon Simon on board, giving the Cowboys a 6-4 lead.

OSU would add another run in top of the sixth inning when Jordy Mercer's sacrifice fly scored Matt Mangini from third base. That run would prove to be the difference as the Razorbacks rallied for two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off Mercer, who was making his first appearance on the mound since allowing five runs in the ninth inning as Oklahoma rallied for a 9-8 victory in the Big 12 Tournament.

But Mercer retired the first two Razorbacks in the ninth inning before allowing an infield single. Jeff Nutt then struck out swinging for the last out of the game, and the Cowboys mobbed Mercer at the mound and began celebrating their fifth consecutive postseason victory over the Razorbacks, and their first trip to a Super Regional since 1999 when they defeated Baylor to advance to the College World Series.

OSU will face either Big 12 foe Missouri or Louisville in the Super Regional. Louisville defeated Missouri 4-3 on Sunday, and the two teams meet in the deciding game Monday afternoon.

Wright and the Cowboys got a matter of redemption Sunday after being eliminated for the Arkansas Regional a year ago by Oral Roberts University. But the OSU leftfielder says the Cowboys are not satisfied with a trip to the Super Regional.

"It's very exciting. It's not over right now. We've still got a long way to go, but it's very exciting to come back here and win," said Wright.

The Cowboys were a No. 3 seed in the regional tournament after losing six games in a row, including three consecutive contests in the Big 12 Tournament.

"We never doubted ourselves at all," said Wright. "We knew what we were capable of. We were very confident in what we were able to do. We knew if we just came out here and did what we knew how to play that we were going to be in good shape."

The Cowboys fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but took the lead on Corey Brown's three-run homer – his 21st of the season – in the top of the third inning. The Razorbacks rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to knock Cowboy starter Jeff Breedlove out of the game. But Josh Fritsche shut down the Razorbacks for the next three innings before giving way to Mercer.

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