“No one is ever going to roll over,” Holliday said. “You have to continue to execute at a high level, from start to finish. One pitch, one play can change the complexion of the entire game, as we learned these three games.”
The Cowboys led 2-0 on McCurry's blast, then tacked on a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to go in front 5-0, a seemingly good position with starting pitcher Mark Robinette dealing on the Mountaineers.
Robinette retired 13 straight batters into the sixth, when Rice stunned the Cowboys and started a five-run rally with a two-out bunt single.
“(Robinette) had one of those innings,” Holliday said, “and with two outs it looks like he has a chance to wiggle out of it with no damage. They laid out a two-out bunt. A heckuva play. Extended the inning. Bought them time.”
Time eventually for two big blows, back-to-back homers, the first a two-run shot by Ryan McBroom, followed by a solo shot by Brady Wilson to tie it.
The Cowboys threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out. But a double play ended that chance.
West Virginia produced in the 10th, after Boyd's leadoff single and a sacrifice, with Rice delivering on his hit to right and putting some drama into OSU's NCAA Tournament watch party.
“I'm proud of my guys, man,” Holliday said. “I'll be proud to put this uniform on with them anytime. They give great effort. Even though it's frustrating, it's also encouraging, because the will to compete is in there.
“Hopefully we'll get a chance to change the mojo a little bit.”