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Big 12 baseball tournament: Up and down Cowboys lose 1-0 to OU in opener

OSU must win five games in four days at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark — or the summer will begin quite early for a program that is used to going deep into the postseason.
By Anthony Slater For The Oklahoman Published: May 23, 2012

“It hasn't always gone right for us at the end,” Anderson said. “But our guys have always played well and played hard.”

Four straight losses, including Wednesday's tournament opener to OU, have once again sent this roller coaster ride into a late-season tailspin.

To win the tournament, OSU must win five games in the next four days, with some of the Big 12's top teams awaiting the Cowboys if they advance.

And they must do it all without ace Andrew Heaney, who's rocket arm was wasted in a valiant effort on Wednesday, giving up three hits in a complete game Bedlam loss. Anderson said Heaney might be available if they make Sunday's championship.

So this isn't unfamiliar territory for a snakebit yet resilient team. The conference climb is unlikely and daunting, but not something OSU isn't used to.

“We are still going to try to come out and win,” Heaney said. “We are not just going to roll over. I expect the same thing, the same way we have been playing, but hopefully we can just be a little cleaner and maybe get a couple breaks.”