The Texas Longhorns had to win the Big 12 Baseball Championship if they wanted to make the NCAA Tournament. That's exactly what they did and made it look easy along the way. Texas was able to squeak past Texas Tech on Wednesday and the 2-1 win provided the confidence needed to run the table. Baylor (twice) and Oklahoma State fell victim to the Longhorns on their run to the championship but it was the Cowboys who fell in the most dramatic fashion.
Texas struck firs when they plated Kyle Johnson on a C.J. Hinojosa single to center but Oklahoma State scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to grab a 2-1 lead as the eighth inning approached. A pitching change for OSU, from Trey Cobb to Remey Reed, to start the eighth opened the flood gates for UT to score five runs in the inning where they were aided by three O-State errors. The Pokes would end up using four hurlers in the inning but there was no answer for a Texas attack that took full advantage of the errors.
The Cowboys got one back in the bottom half of the inning but they were still well short on the scoreboard by a final margin of 6-3. Only two Longhorn batters were able to record multi-hit days with Ben Johnson and Zane Gurwitz going for two each.
By way of winning the conference tournament the Longhorns earn an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.