Oklahoma State’s Aaron Cornell was even surprised with himself as he watched his first home run of the season sail over the fence.
Cornell ripped a three-run shot to left field in the eighth inning of tie game, lifting the Cowboys to an 11-8 victory over Oklahoma in a Big 12 Tournament elimination game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
“It’s funny, I didn’t expect it out of my own self,” Cornell said. “(I was) just going up trying to find a good pitch. Got a hanging curveball the first pitch, fouled it off. And then the next one was (the same pitch) a little bit lower and I put a good swing on it. When I hit it I knew. I haven’t hit one like that I don’t think all year.”
The Sooners overcame two-run deficits in the first and seventh innings, before Cornell’s shot put OU away for good. It was OSU’s 25th comeback victory this season.
“Obviously it was a game of tremendous back and forth and ups and downs,” said OSU coach Josh Holliday. “Probably the story of the night is Aaron Cornell’s three-run homer. I’m proud of our team.”
Brendan McCurry came on to pitch the final two innings for OSU and earn his 17th save of the season, extending his school records for saves in a season and career.