Oklahoma State’s dramatic run through the Big 12 Baseball Tournament finally ran out of gas.
Playing its sixth game in five days, OSU no longer had the pitching to contend with TCU starter Tyler Alexander as the Horned Frogs cruised to a 7-1 victory in the championship game on Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
“At the end of the day the value of staying in the winner’s bracket for sure showed itself out,” said TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, whose team was playing just its fourth game of the tournament on Sunday. “Obviously, it’s a great day for our team and our program being in the league for just a couple years.”
TCU (42-15) finished the tournament 4-0 and had only played once since Thursday. Oklahoma State (45-16) played three times over the same time span.
The Cowboys fell to the loser’s bracket after falling to Texas on Thursday and played their way into the championship game with three comeback wins, including two against Texas on Saturday.
“I am very proud of our team, and what they’ve accomplished in the last five days is significant,” said OSU coach Josh Holliday. “For the most part, it was very high-end quality baseball against elite opponents. Everything that you need to be ready to handle, this tournament provided our team.”
TCU struck first with a Jerrick Suiter RBI single in the second, and OSU tied it a half inning later when a Saulyer Saxon safety-squeeze bunt scored Tim Arakawa.
OSU starter Michael Freeman, who had pitched just 91/3 innings on the year with no starts, gave the Cowboys three solid innings before his first start unraveled in the fourth.