Zach Fish kept stepping into bases-loaded Bedlam spots Wednesday night.
Kept delivering, too.
Eventually in a big way.
Fish’s grand slam in the sixth inning blew open a close game, sending Oklahoma State to a 13-4 win in an opener at the Big 12 Tournament.
The No. 7-ranked Cowboys, improving to 42-14, advance to Thursday’s Division 1 winner’s bracket final against Wednesday’s late Texas-Texas Tech winner. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.
Before an estimated crowd of 7,000 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, OSU snapped an eight-game Big 12 Tournament losing streak to Oklahoma.
Fish was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first and drilled a run-scoring single with the sacks full in the fifth when the Cowboys were scoring three runs to take their first lead, 5-3.
The junior designated hitter extended the lead with one swing in the sixth.
Oklahoma reliever Robert Tasin, the Sooners’ third pitcher, started the sixth with a strikeout of Saulyer Saxon. But Donnie Walton singled, Tanner Krietemeier walked and Gage Green reached on an infield single to load the bases for Fish.
Named the Big 12 Player of the Year by the league coaches, Fish turned on Tasin’s 1-1 delivery and drilled it well over the seats in left field and off the advertising signage above the walkway.
The inning continued, too, with the Cowboys tacking on two more runs, sending 12 men to the plate overall.
Vince Wheeland, who inherited a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, pitched the final 4 1/3 innings for the Cowboys, improving to 9-0.