Oklahoma State had to work hard for its few opportunities Thursday night.
And the ones they earned didn’t work out.
The No. 7-ranked Cowboys managed but five hits and never advanced a runner past second base, handcuffed by Texas pitching throughout in a 3-0 loss in the Big 12 Tournament at ChickasawBallpark.
“It was one of those nights where you have good at-bats against two really good pitchers,” said OSU coach Josh, “and when really good pitchers make good pitches and you take good at-bats, sometimes they win the battle.”
OSU, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, fell to 42-15 in dropping into a loser’s bracket Bedlamagainst Oklahoma, set for 7 p.m. with elimination on the line Friday.
The 19Longhorns, improving to 38-16, stacked two of their best arms against the Cowboys. Starter Dillon Peters went five innings, allowing four hits, before giving way to Parker French, who finished with four innings of one-hit relief.
That tandem filled the Nos. 1 and 2 starting slots against OSU for their regular-season series in Austin.
“So we faced two high-end pitchers,”said. “They played excellent defense and did enough on offense to get the win.
“Nothing to hang your head about.”
Before a crowd of 4,941 at The Brick, the Cowboys managedin seven of the nine innings, including the man in three of those. Twice runners were sacrificed into scoring position, only to be stranded. The final time, in the ninth, Fish was wiped out on a double play.
“Sometimes, it’s as much a credit to the other side for the pitches they make and the plays they make as anything,”said. “When you’re playing one-run games and you’re putting runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, you’re banking on two shots to knock them in.
“Early in the game we had some opportunities. They made pitches and plays.”
It was a one-run game much of the way, as Cowboys starter Jonnearly matched the Texas hurlers through six innings. allowed but five hits through 61/3 innings, but was scraped for one run in the second, when UT’s Clemens guided a two-out, RBI single into left field for a 1-0 lead.
found no satisfaction in a quality start.
“I don’t care,” he said. “My job is to throw up zeroes. And I didn’t do that.”
He put up mostly zeroes. It was just that Peters and French produced all zeroes.
“It’s fun,”said about hooking up in such . “Those guys, they can really throw it. I didn’t have my best stuff early and it cost me.
“I’ve got to come out there with a little more edge next time. Sometimes it only takes one. And that’s the way it was tonight. And that’s on me.”
Texas tacked on two runs in the eighth off reliever Blake. And that was more than enough cushion.
“They were just living out on the outer half,” said Aaron Cornell, the lone Cowboy to have success with a 2-for-2 night at the plate. “Throwing their off-speed stuff and getting us out front, nothing real special, but just more of the location of their pitches, going in and out, keeping the ball down.
“It was tough to lay off some key pitches they made. Any other day, they miss a spot here or there, we might get that bloop hit or someone might throw one in the gap and get something going. They made some real quality pitches when they needed to.”