Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Cowboys designated hitter swings Bedlam game with grand slam

by John Helsley Published: May 21, 2014


photo - Oklahoma State's Zach Fish (26) reacts with teammates after hitting a grand slam during the bedlam matchup between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Zach Fish (26) reacts with teammates after hitting a grand slam during the bedlam matchup between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

The sixth inning swung all momentum.

On Fish’s sudden swing.

OU reliever Robert Tasin, the Sooners’ third pitcher, opened the inning 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 earlier in the week, 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.

“It was a slider that was right around my knees, so I knew I had to go get it,” Fish said. “I had one out, so I knew I had to get the ball in the air and hit it as hard as I could.”

In the end, OSU owned the big bases-loaded situations, courtesy of Wheeland and Fish.

“There were a couple of moments there big with momentum and the outcome of the game,” said Cowboys coach Josh Holliday. “Vinnie has a bunch of experience in pitching in those situations. (He has) immeasurable talent to pitch in those situations like he has.

“And I’m really proud of Zach. He handled the moment awfully good. The kid went breaking ball pitch on him and he did with it what you need guys to do for you to have a great day.

“Those are two moments that we won.”


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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