By John Helsley
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The Cowboys found themselves scrambling for footing following Thursday night’s loss to Texas A&M in extra innings.
This one hurt.
A 2-0 lead in the ninth. Andrew Heaney dealing on the mound.
Even Aggies coach Rob Childress had trouble envisioning a happy ending.
“I thought we’d all be out of here before the sun went down, the way it was going,” Childress said.
Then all of a sudden, the Aggies tied it. And the teams played into the night, before A&M won it 5-2 with a three-run homer in the 13th.
The Cowboys simply don’t lose with Heaney holding a lead in the ninth.
“He pitched great,” said OSU third baseman Mark Ginther. “It’s his job to keep us in the game and give us a chance. And he did that. He did a great job.
“It’s a tough one to lose.”
Tougher still considering OSU’s precarious position in making the postseason. The sense is, even inside the program, that the Pokes needed to win some games this weekend and get the push that beating a top-10 team like the Aggies provides. And their best shot seemed to come with Heaney dealing like he did for 8 1/3 innings Thursday, before the pitching edge in the series shifted to A&M.
Quickly, the Cowboys talked about flipping the switch to Friday.
“We’ve just to come back,” Ginther said. “We’ve got to get a win tomorrow. There’s no other way to put it. If we pitch and play good defense and hit, we’ll be just fine.”
The Pokes even found a reference point, going back to last season’s difficult 15-inning, 1-0 loss toTexason a Friday night early in conference play after they’d already dropped their league-opening series. Those Cowboys bounced back to win Saturday and Sunday, showing their resolve.
“We lost a game pretty similar to this last year toTexas, came back and won the next two,” said Heaney. “That’s what we’re going to look to do.”