OMAHA, Neb. It all came crashing to an end for Oklahoma State.
With the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year on the mound in an attempt to extend their season, the Cowboys saw it come to a screeching halt one win away from the championship series with a 5 1 loss to Arizona on Saturday.
“I just really want to celebrate my team,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “What an amazing accomplishment for us. When you think about it, I don’t think since 1990 has Oklahoma State played this deep into the College World Series. That’s a long time ago.”
Oklahoma State became just the second team in the past six College World Series to win the first two games of the tournament and fail to advance to the championship series.
The Cowboys, who had only scored five runs in its first three College World Series games, found themselves down from the very first inning with the Wildcats getting to Thomas Hatch early.
Hatch gave up two of his four doubles allowed after having given up just seven doubles all season and Arizona was able to get two runs in the bottom of the first. The Wildcats would get two more doubles off Hatch in the second inning to score two more to make it 4 0 with Oklahoma State having not even batted through the order once yet.
“This was one of the most fun weeks that I’ve ever had playing baseball,” said Hatch, who started the game riding a 23 inning scoreless stretch in the NCAA tournament. “It’s special. Now these guys have a taste and I think they want more.”
Hatch went just 2 plus innings making way for junior Trey Cobb after putting two runners on to the lead off the third. It was the shortest outing of the season for the Chicago Cubs jerseys’ third round pick in the recent MLB Draft.
Cobb would keep Arizona in check over the next five innings, though the Wildcats did score an unearned run in the fourth inning. cheap baseball jerseys Cobb, who was selected in the 12th round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs jerseys, gave up four hits and a walk in his five innings of work while striking out five.
Also potentially pitching in his last game as a Cowboy, junior Tyler Buffett was called in to pitch the eighth inning. Buffett, who was selected in the seventh round by the Houston Astros jerseys, pitched a perfect frame, needing just 13 pitches in his appearance.
While Hatch was throwing on regular rest, Arizona rolled out Bobby Dalbec on short rest and he had just as much success against the Cowboys as he did the first time he faced them in a losing effort.
Having struck out a career high 12 Cowboys in Monday’s game, Dalbec struck out six with two walks while holding Oklahoma State to just four hits.
The OSU offense could only muster one run once again against Dalbec.
In the top of the third, sophomore Jon Littell a Stillwater High product led off with a single to right and would advance to third on a double from senior Corey Hassel, another SHS graduate. Davis, who went 2 for 3 after being slid down to the No. 2 hole.
Davis was the only Cowboy to have a multi hit game for OSU. He tried to give Oklahoma State some life in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double just inside the first base bag, but he wouldn’t move from there.
Walton took a 3 1 count and popped it up on the infield. Garrett Benge had his shot to third snagged and fired across the diamond. And Costello struck out on three straight pitches to end the sixth.
The third was the only inning until the ninth that the Cowboys had more than one hit in a frame. However, in the ninth, OSU couldn’t score off a single by senior Conor Costello and pinch hitter Andrew Rosa.
“This is just baseball. It’s just a game,” Hassel said after his final game at Oklahoma State. “And I was just thanking (my teammates) for loving me as a much as I love them and just having such a great brotherhood.