OKLAHOMA CITY – No 8. Oklahoma State took care of No. 1 Texas Tech in game two of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, 3-0, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
OSU struck early with a pair of sacrifice flies that each recorded one run. Cade Cabiness drove in Colin Simpson in the second inning, and Garrett McClain drove in Cameron Dobbs in the third inning. During the fourth inning, Jon Littrell singled and scored Colin Simpson to extend the lead to three. Colin Simpson highlighted the day, going 2-of-4 and scoring two runs.
The Cowboys relied heavily on the arm of Blake Battenfield who pitched six innings, who only gave up four hits and struck out three batters. Carson Teal and Trey Cobb closed out the last three innings and allowed one hit combined.
The Red Raiders gave up five hits, two walks and three earned runs in the first three and a third innings. Texas Tech threw four pitchers on the day.
- Texas Tech is currently 17-33 all-time in the Big 12 Championship.
- Oklahoma State is currently 22-35 all-time in the Big 12 Championship.
- This is the first time since 1997 that Texas Tech and Oklahoma State have met in Big 12 Championship tournament play.
- No. 1 seeds are currently 47-34 all-time in the Big 12 Championship.
- No. 8 seeds are currently 22-33 all-time in the Big 12 Championship.
Texas Tech (42-14, 0-1 Big 12 Championship)
- Sophomore Davis Martin pitched 3 and 1/3rd giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. Relievers Jacob Patterson, John McMillon, Caleb Kilian combined pitching 5 and 2/3rd scoreless.
- Big 12 Co-Player of the Year Hunter Hargrove extended his 11-game hitting streak to 12 with a single in the sixth inning.
- Texas Tech has not been shut out in a Big 12 Championship game since 2013 vs Oklahoma.
- The Red Raiders were only shut out once this season (March 3 vs Texas A&M.)
Oklahoma State (27-25, 1-0 Big 12 Championship)
- Oklahoma State starting pitcher, junior Blake Battenfield, loaded the bases in the first but responded going six scoreless innings for 106 pitches and giving up only four hits. Battenfield moved to 4-4 on the season.
- Sophomore reliever Carson Teel pitched the seventh and eighth inning. Senior, Trey Cobb closed the shut out in the ninth.
- 6 hits in the first 4 innings got Oklahoma State started. Cade Cabbiness and Garrett McCain drove in the first and second runs of the game via sacrifice flies.
- John Littell extended his hitting streak to 12 games through an RBI single in the fourth inning.
- Oklahoma State has won on their first game of the Big 12 Championship tournament each of the last four years, with their last shutout victory being in 2015 vs West Virginia.
STAT OF THE GAME:
13-of-14 – After having the bases loaded in the first inning, OSU's Blake Battenfield retired the next 13 of 14 batters.
With the opening victory, Oklahoma State will play No. 4 West Virginia in the game seven of the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship tomorrow at 4 p.m. CT. Texas Tech will look to fight their way back into contention with a 9 a.m. first pitch against No. 5 Baylor tomorrow.