May 24, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY (OSU Athletics) -- Oklahoma State won its second game of the Big 12 Conference Baseball Championship with an 11-5 triumph over seventh-ranked Nebraska Saturday at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
With the victory, the No. 6 Cowboys improved to 42-16 on the season. They must now wait to see if Baylor defeats Kansas State Saturday night, which would move OSU into Sunday's tournament championship game against Texas.
OSU's win over the Cornhuskers on Saturday was its ninth win over a Top 10 opponent this season as the Cowboys improved to 14-7 against ranked teams.
The victory also tied a milestone for OSU under coach Frank Anderson as the 42 wins are the most ever under the Cowboys' head coach. Last year's club also notched 42 victories.
OSU collected 12 hits in the win over NU, with four different Cowboys collecting two hits, and Tyler Lyons earned his team leading 11th win of the season on the mound.
The Cowboys got on the scoreboard first with a four-run rally in the third. After back-to-back singles by Tyrone Hambly and Donnie Webb put runners on first and third, OSU executed a double steal, with Hambly scoring to put OSU up 1-0.
The Cowboys were not done. A two-out single by Matt Hague plated Webb from second, and Dean Green followed that by crushing a two-run home run to center field. The blast was Green's fifth homer of the season.
NU (40-14-1) trimmed its deficit to three in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run by Mitch Abeita, but the Cowboys answered with another rally in the fourth.
This time, it was a three-run outburst by the Cowboys. Neil Medchill led off the inning with a triple, and Flores followed with a double to make the score 5-1. Two batters later, Hambly doubled to bring home a run, and Hague plated OSU's final run of the frame on a sacrifice fly.
The Cornhuskers chipped away at OSU's lead in the middle innings and made the score 8-5 in the sixth on an RBI single by Andy Cotton.
Nebraska threatened to get even closer in the seventh. OSU reliever Matt Peck hit Jake Opitz with a pitch and then walked Mitch Abeita to bring the tying run to the plate with just one out.
But the Cowboys' brought Robbie Weinhardt out of the bullpen, and after hitting the first batter he faced to load the bases, the senior right hander got Tyler Farst to ground into an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the frame, OSU buried the Huskers with three unearned runs, getting RBI singles from Webb and Tom Belza and a sacrifice fly by Tyrone Hambly.
Weinhardt did not allow a run or a hit over the final 2.2 innings to earn his fourth save of the season and secure the win for Lyons.
Lyons, a sophomore southpaw, improved to 11-2 with a six-inning effort. His 11 wins are the most by a Cowboy pitcher since Spencer Grogan had 12 in 2004.
Hague, Green and Hambly each collected two RBIs in the contest.