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Big 12 baseball tournament: Up and down Cowboys lose 1-0 to OU in opener

OSU must win five games in four days at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark — or the summer will begin quite early for a program that is used to going deep into the postseason.
By Anthony Slater For The Oklahoman Published: May 23, 2012
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Maybe this is where the Cowboys want to be.

Maybe this is where a resilient Oklahoma State baseball team feels more comfortable, backs against the wall, one loss away from extinction.

From here on out, starting with Thursday's 9 a.m. game against Kansas State, the Cowboys are in elimination mode at the Big 12 Baseball Tournament. Win and move on. Lose and enjoy the summer.

“I think we will play well,” OSU coach Frank Anderson said Wednesday morning after the Cowboys' 1-0 opening-round loss to Oklahoma. “But that doesn't guarantee victory.”

It's a familiar place for the 2012 Cowboys.

After a sluggish 1-5 start to conference play, OSU was counted out, widely viewed as a conference afterthought and NCAA Tournament long shot.

There was the dropped pop up that would have sealed the game at TCU, turning a potentially huge road win into a bad series loss. There was the three-run extra-inning double at Baylor, erased by a diving outfielder.

And there were the two arrests, one of them ending the career of Gabe Weidenaar, OSU's starting left fielder and second-leading hitter (.317).

Plagued by bad breaks and worse mistakes, the Cowboys looked finished. Just like their current tournament situation.

But back in early April, sitting in the Big 12 cellar, they battled through adversity and won 12 of their next 15 conference games, skyrocketing up the standings and into NCAA tournament projection fields.

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