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Big 12 baseball: Kansas comes back to sink Oklahoma State

OSU is 0-2 in the tournament, left to play the spoiler role. Cowboys play West Virginia at 4 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
by John Helsley Published: May 25, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Gage Green looks up as Kansas celebrates a run in the seventh inning of their Big 12 Baseball Championship tournament game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, May, 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Gage Green looks up as Kansas celebrates a run in the seventh inning of their Big 12 Baseball Championship tournament game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, May, 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Throughout this season, Oklahoma State thrived in the late innings, with 17 comeback wins.

Through two games of the Big 12 Tournament, the Cowboys have caved late.

That leaves OSU simply playing out their part of the pool-play format, with Friday night’s 5-3 loss to Kansas at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark leaving the Cowboys at 0-2 in the tournament.

OSU faces West Virginia Saturday at 4 p.m. in nothing more than a spoiler role. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, improved to 2-0 in Pool 2 and play TCU at 7:30 p.m., controlling their hopes for a championship game berth.

On Thursday, the Cowboys surrendered a 4-2, ninth-inning lead in the ninth to TCU, eventually falling 8-4.

This time, OSU led 3-2 into the bottom of the seventh, when Tucker Tharp – KU’s nine-hole hitter – drilled his first home run of the season to tie it, then Michael Suiter’s RBI single scored the winning run. KU added a run in the eighth, padding its lead.

“We’ve been that team all year that’s been able to come back, no matter what the deficit is,” said Cowboys right fielder Zach Fish. “Our pitching has been outstanding in the later innings. Maybe they didn’t have their best stuff, that happens; it’s part of baseball, just like I haven’t been swinging the bat all that well the last week and a half.

“A lot of guys have picked each other up. That’s going to have to happen tomorrow.”

The Cowboys were left regretting missed opportunities.

They stranded runners in scoring position in seven of the innings and left 12 men on base overall. They also struck out to end five of eight innings.

“It’s good to get runners on base. It’s better to score them,” said Cowboys coach Josh Holliday. “Just not enough consistency up and down the lineup when we had opportunities to make things happen.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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