An improbable swing connected with a rare mistake and, just like that, Andrew Heaney's brilliant Oklahoma State career likely came to a sudden, cruel ending.
Pitching in his hometown, against his Bedlam rival, Heaney was spinning another gem, dominating the Sooners with amazing ease. On just 86 pitches, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year shook off a lack of run support and cruised through eight scoreless innings.
But on Heaney's third pitch of the ninth frame, Oklahoma third baseman Garrett Carey – a player with no home runs all season – drilled a low-liner just over the left-field wall, giving OU a walk-off 1-0 Bedlam win in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.
“Fastball away,” a clearly distraught Heaney said. “Just left it over the plate.”
Prior to the fateful pitch, Heaney had owned the Sooners, holding them scoreless for 17 straight innings to start 2012, striking out 15 over that time.
In fact, OU was yet to get an extra base hit against OSU's hard-throwing lefty, managing only five singles.
“He goes nine innings at Tulsa and shuts us out,” OU coach Sunny Galloway said. “Then he goes eight innings there, shutting us out. He is arguably one of the best left-handers I've seen, period. I'm really going to have to stretch to find a left-hander that has done what we've seen him do.”
But on this day, with a slumbering offense, it was all for naught.
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