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Texas tops Oklahoma State to win Big 12 baseball tournament

Posted May 24th, 2015

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Texas 6, Oklahoma State 3

Why Texas (30-25) won: Trailing 2-1, Texas erupted for five runs in the eighth inning thanks in part to three Oklahoma State fielding errors. RBIs came from Tres Barrera (bunt), Zane Gurwitz (single down first base line to score two), Brooks Marlow (bunt) and pinch-hitter Patrick Mathis (single to center). It was Mathis’ first hit in 16 at-bats this season. Once that deluge was over, the Horns led 6-2.  

Why Oklahoma State (37-18) lost: The three fielding errors in the eighth were devastating. The wet infield at ONEOK Field likely contributed to the miscues.

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Key stat: Texas starting pitchers went 33 full innings this tournament before giving way to the bullpen. Sunday starter Kyle Johnston had a one-hitter going before running into trouble in the sixth and allowing three straight Cowboys to reach base. Johnston was pulled in the seventh for Parker French after walking leadoff hitter Tim Arakawa and hitting pinch-hitter Garrett McCain in the helmet. French allowed one inherited run but escaped further harm. French, who threw 127 pitches in Wednesday’s opener, stayed on for the 8th but OK State started with three straight singles and he was pulled. LHP Kirby Bellow came on and gave up a RBI single before striking out Tim Arakawa and inducing a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

On deck: Texas will get its regional assignment at 11 a.m. Monday during the NCAA selection show.

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