Cowboy baseball moves into tourney semifinals

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma State posted a run-rule win over No. 8-seed West Virginia Friday to remain undefeated at the Big 12 Baseball Championship as the fourth-seeded Cowboys were 12-2 victors in seven innings at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

With the win, the 22nd-ranked Cowboys improved to 34-16-1 and advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 tourney where they will face the West Virginia-Texas winner Saturday at 12:30 p.m. OSU needs a win to advance to Sunday’s title game, while either UT or WVU will have to beat the Pokes twice to advance.

OSU-West Virginia Box Score – Big 12

Parker Scott, who made his first start on the mound since April 16 and was on a predetermined pitch count, recorded the win to improve to 7-1. The southpaw worked four innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five.

Bryce Osmond picked up his first-career save in relief of Scott as he kept the Mountaineers off the scoreboard over the final three innings. The righty did not allow a hit and racked up seven strikeouts.

Offensively, OSU tied a season high with 18 hits as seven Cowboys collected multiple hits. Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Carson McCusker and Justin Campbell led the way with three each, while McCusker added four RBIs and Campbell drove in three.

OSU jumped out to a five-run lead in its first at bat. Jake Thompson got the scoring started with the first of two consecutive RBI singles as McCusker followed him to make the score 2-0.

Campbell provided the big hit in the inning as, with the bases full of Cowboys, he brought home all three runners with a double just inside the left-field line.

The Pokes continued their scoring ways in the second, this time via the long ball as McCusker smashed a towering opposite field home run to right, a three-run blast that extended the lead to 8-0. The round tripper was McCusker’s seventh of the season, putting him in a four-way tie for the second most homers on the team this season.

WVU (25-26) managed its lone runs in the contest on a two-run home run by Alec Burns off Scott in the fourth.

The Cowboys tallied a pair of runs in the fifth as Caeden Trenkle’s RBI triple made the score 9-2, and up next, Max Hewitt doubled to push the lead to eight.

Hewitt also drove in OSU’s first run in the decisive seventh before Encarnacion-Strand ended the game with an RBI single to center.


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