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College baseball: Cowboys trim Sooners, clinch Big 12 regular-season title

There wasn’t a dogpile at ONEOK Field on Friday night, but there were plenty of hugs after Oklahoma State clinched the Big 12 regular-season title with a 2-1 walk-off win over Oklahoma in front of 8,391.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 16, 2014

And they did quickly.

After another diving catch by Saxon ended the Oklahoma ninth, the Cowboys started the rally when Robert Tasin hit Craig McConaughy to start the inning.

Aaron Cornell bunted McConaughy to second before Saxon’s bouncer over the mound for an infield single was booted by Sooners’ second baseman Kolbey Carpenter. McConaughy 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.

In Holliday’s second 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,” Holliday 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 Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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