Throughout the course of the season, the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys squared multiple times before the Big 12 Tournament. Saying these two were familiar with one another may be an understatement. Owning 3-1 record over their in-state foe during the regular season, the Cowboys entered as the favorite in Tulsa. Thanks to solid pitching and a few big hits, Oklahoma State downed the Sooners yet again 5-1 securing a spot in the championship game.
Facing Corey Copping, the Cowboys took a 2-0 lead in the second inning off a single hit. By the time the eighth inning rolled around, Oklahoma State recorded just three hits but held a 3-1 lead. From that point on, Donnie Walton and the rest of the crew went to work producing three more hits and two more runs.
Oklahoma certainly had their chances putting runners on base in seven of the first eight innings. However, the Sooners simply could not bring those runners home after hitting into double plays three times along with two being caught stealing. OU likely sits on the fence of NCAA Tournament after the way the season concluded.
The elimination game sets up an orange on orange battle for the Big 12 crown on Sunday.