Quietly and with minimal resistance, the Oklahoma State baseball season ended on Thursday morning at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
But that’s not where it was lost.
Last week, long before Kansas State put a permanent cap on the 2012 Cowboys with an 11-5 beat down at the Big 12 Tournament, OSU had already spoiled its opportunity.
On the regular season’s final weekend, with Texas A&M in Stillwater, the Cowboys had it set up perfectly.
At home — a place they were 24-4 overall and 6-0 in the Big 12 coming in — OSU had to win the series. Take two games, lock up second place in the conference and secure an NCAA postseason berth.
Instead, the Cowboys were swept in brutal fashion, blowing two ninth-inning leads and losing the three games by a combined five runs.
“It changed the whole season,” catcher Jared Womack said. “We could have came in and been the two seed (in the Big 12 Tournament). If things would have gone the right way, we would have. I really think we should have had all three games, at home especially.”
So instead of a relatively worry-free week in Oklahoma City, the disheartened Cowboys were forced into must-win mode.
Then came the tough 1-0 loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday, when ace Andrew Heaney’s gem was spoiled by an unlikely walk-off homer from the Sooners nine hitter.