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Big 12 baseball tournament: Day 2 recap

OSU face elimination and plays OU again (for the 293rd time this season, it seems).

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More upsets were on the cards as the first two teams were sent home from the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday. Here’s what you missed:

Cowboys Shut Out In Pitchers Duel, Face Sooners Again

Loud one night, quiet the next. That describes the Cowboy bats as they were held in check last night against Texas. It wasn’t that OSU couldn’t get hits – the team had five in the game – it’s that OSU couldn’t string two hits together.

Jon Perrin pitched another outstanding game, allowing one run on five hits in 6.1 innings. But he got no run support, and the Longhorn’s Dillon Peters managed the game perfectly, allowing his defense to do the work. The 3-0 loss sets up the Cowboys for the seventh edition of Bedlam this year, this time in a “bags packed and ready” game – the loser is knocked out of the Big 12 Championship.

For the Cowboys, a loss shouldn’t jeopardize a Regional host spot, though the national seed will certainly be out of play. For the Sooners, their only postseason dreams lie in winning the Big 12 Tournament to claim the automatic bid.

About the only highlight from the game.

KU Upset Again, OU Stays Alive, TCU Through To Semis

The Jayhawks went from safely in the postseason to possibly not going to a Regional at all after dropping the early game against Baylor. This time it was the 3rd inning that cost KU, as it gave up four runs to the Bears. KU pulled it to 4-3 in the 6th, but wouldn’t get any closer. With an 0-2 record in the Big 12 Tournament, KU players and coaches will be sweating during the Selection Show on Monday.

In another shock, Texas Tech was the other team sent home, after allowing OU to score three in the 8th and three more in the ninth to walk off with a 10-9 win. It looked like the Sooners would go home early after allowing four runs in the 1st, and facing an 8-3 deficit heading into their half of the 8th. But Sheldon Neuse knocked in one in the 8th and had the game-winning two-run single in the 9th to keep OU alive one more day.

TCU was the only team to avoid the upset Thursday, as Pitcher of the Year Preston Morrison threw a complete game against West Virginia, allowing just two runs and seven hits. TCU did its damage in the 8th, pushing across five runs. The 6-2 win gives them a day of rest before facing its semifinal opponent. 

Times And Matchups For Day Three

Two elimination games are slated for Friday:

West Virginia vs. Baylor, 3 p.m.

Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m

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