Oklahoma State’s 13-4 victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday marked the 24th time the Cowboys have come from behind to win this season.
OSU (42-14) trailed 3-2 after one inning and didn’t take control of the game until a three-run fifth gave them a 5-3 lead. The Cowboys put the game away with six more runs in the following inning.
“I guess that’s just how we roll,” said catcher Gage Green, who had three hits for OSU. “We’ve got a bunch of tough mindset kids on our team.”
Junior starter Tyler Nurdin, who has struggled for much of the season, settled in after giving up three runs in the first to give OSU’s bats a chance to take the lead. Nurdin went 4 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits after the first inning.
“That’s really good for Tyler Nurdin, I think,” Green said. “I think every outing he’s just gotten better and better. It was good to see the old Tyler Nurdin come back and hopefully he’ll have some success down the road.”
SOONERS GET TOUGH BREAK IN SECOND
After Oklahoma State scored to pull within 3-2 after the first, Oklahoma had a quick start to the second when Dylan Neal started it off with the solid single.
The next batter, leadoff hitter Craig Aikin, caught a tough break when his hard liner that seemed destined for right field — likely putting Neal on third with no outs — hit Neal instead.
Aikin was awarded first on the single but Neal was called out and the Sooners didn't get anything else going in the inning after a pair of popups ended it.
The single was one of four hits for Aikin. Only one of those hits — his sixth-inning single — left the infield.
WEST VIRGINIA SNAPS SKID
West Virginia came into the Big 12 Tournament on a seven-game losing streak that had many projections leaving them outside of receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Needing to win the conference tournament or at least make a strong run, the Mountaineers got off to a good start with Wednesday’s dramatic 10-9 win over Kansas.
“It felt good to get that losing streak off our back,” said second baseman Billy Fleming, who collected two hits in the win. “We want to go out and get a ring. We want to win the tournament.”
TEXAS’ PAYTON EXTENDS ON-BASE STREAK
Texas senior Mark Payton reached base for a 92nd consecutive game on Wednesday night with a two-RBI double in the top of the second against Texas Tech.
Payton is now one game shy of tying the Big 12 record. The double was part of a five-run inning for the Longhorns.
Pete Hughes, Oklahoma coach: “At some point in the game when you're down you have to think about the big picture. We're not going to burn out our entire bullpen in Game 1 because it's not going to give us a chance to win Game 2 or Game 3 of Game 4. At some point, someone has to be mature enough in your dugout to say we're going to wear it a little bit despite what you hear in the crowd with the yelling and screaming. Someone has to wear it and understand the big picture so we can win future games in the tournament.”