OKLAHOMA CITY – Seeking its second consecutive Big 12 Championship crown and fourth overall, fourth-seeded Oklahoma State came up short with a 10-7 loss to second-seeded TCU in Sunday’s tourney title game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
With the loss, the 22nd-ranked Cowboys fell to 35-17-1. OSU now awaits its NCAA Regional destination, with NCAA Tournament selections and the field of 64 set to be released Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
Cade Cabbiness led the Cowboys’ offensively against TCU as he went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBIs, while Caeden Trenkle also homered.
OSU used six different pitchers in the contest, with Colton Bowman taking the loss in relief as the southpaw allowed four runs in the pivotal fifth inning to fall to 0-1 on the season.
TCU (40-17) took the game’s initial lead in the second, going up 2-0 on a two-RBI single by Preston Brown, but the Cowboys would not trail for long.
In the third, OSU loaded the bases with two outs, and an error on a hard-hit ball by Carson McCusker brought home the tying runs. Up next, Cabbiness crushed a three-run home run into the bullpen in left-center field as his eighth blast of the season put the Pokes up 5-2.
The Frogs used a long ball of their own to cut into the OSU lead in the bottom of the inning as a two-run shot by Phillip Sikes made the score 5-4.
The fourth saw TCU tie the score at 5-5 as a pair of singles eventually led to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brayden Taylor.
The game turned in the fifth inning as the Frogs rallied for five runs as they took advantage of four walks and three hits. The big blow came on a bases loaded double by Preston Brown that plated TCU’s first three runs in the frame.
Trailing 10-5 after five, the Cowboys added runs in the seventh on a home run by Caeden Trenkle and an RBI infield single by Matt Golda in the eighth to cut their deficit to three.
Earning Big 12 Championship All-Tournament honors from OSU were Trenkle, Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Justin Campbell.
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