TULSA — After Oklahoma State clinched the outright Big 12 baseball title Friday night with a 2-1 walk-off win over Oklahoma, Cowboys coach Joshlooked down the table at Saxon, his senior , and shook his head.
“Man, how many moments can one guy have in one night?”said.
Saxon came up with several big catches in the outfield before his infield single in the ninth set off a celebration that left Saxon covered in shaving cream as the Cowboys celebrated their first regular-season title in Big 12 history in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,391 at ONEOK Field.
Oklahoma State won this one much like it had done all year, with timely hitting, solid defense, strong arms and a consistent sense of composure.
Even after normally unshakeable reliever Vincegave up the tying run in the eighth, never wavered on OSU finding a way.
“Our team owed it to him to score that run,”said. “That kid has pitched so good, so good that I just knew those kids would find a way to score because that’s what teammates do.”
And they did quickly.
After another diving catch by Saxon ended the Oklahoma ninth, the Cowboys started the rally when Roberthit Craig to start the inning.
Aaron Cornell buntedto second before Saxon’s bouncer over the mound for an infield single was booted by ’ second baseman Carpenter. never broke stride in coming around to score.
“I knew that we had something good going because Aaron was coming up and I knew that he was going to get the bunt down because he’s been doing it all year,” Saxon said. “Right there I was in a hole, two strikes, and I was just trying to put the ball in play and make something good happen and it happened.”
Just like it has all year.
Insecond season, the Cowboys are 11-0 in one-run games.
“I’m really proud of them. I’m really happy for them, but we have other things that we need to continue to stay focused on doing,”said. “This is a moment that we’ll never forget, but I hope it’s just one of several for this group.
“It was a great stage for college baseball. I think all of us in our uniform can take with us tonight and cherish it and rest up and come out tomorrow and try to make someone else a hero and give someone else a moment so that our team will keep growing.”
The teams will conclude the series at 7 p.m. Saturday at ONEOK Field before opening the Big 12 Tournament against each other at 4 p.m. Wednesday at ChickasawBallpark.