Jon Perrin always looked the part, standing tall and peering downhill off the mound.
Now he has the stuff to fill the part, which is Oklahoma State ace.
Perrin played the part, too, Thursday night, spotting the Cowboys with 7 1/3 strong innings as OSU took Game 1 of Big 12 Bedlam, 4-2, before an announced crowd of 5,478 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
With the win, the Cowboys clinched at least a tie of the Big 12 championship, as second-place TCU lost at Baylor. Any combination of an OSU win or TCU loss the rest of the weekend would secure the title outright for the Cowboys.
OSU, moving to 40-13 overall and 17-5 in the conference, also locked up the No. 1 seed for next week’s Big 12 Tournament, with a series win over TCU serving as the tiebreaker.
OU dropped to 27-26 and 7-15.
A former walk-on, the 6-foot-4, 213-pound Perrin worked seven scoreless innings, before the Sooners finally scuffed him for two runs in the eighth. He allowed seven hits and struck out four without a walk, improving his record to 7-3. Brendan McCurry pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save.
Conor Costello provided the big blow for OSU, ripping a three-run home run in the fifth.
The series shifts to Tulsa and ONEOK Field for Games 2 and 3 and 7 p.m. starts Friday and Saturday.