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OSU Baseball: Cowboys Advance to Big 12 Championship Game (Final Bedlam Edition)

The Cowboys and Sooners will square off for one last conference crown.

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The Cowboys and Sooners will duke it out for the Big 12 championship, one final time.

No. 17 Oklahoma State, a 2 seed in the conference tournament, defeated Texas Tech on Friday afternoon and UCF late Friday night to punch the Cowboys’ ticket to a Saturday night Bedlam matchup for the tourney crown. Before we get into the Bedlam and conference ramifications, let’s see how they got here.

Cowboys 4, Red Raiders 0

After falling to 8 seed UCF in a late game Thursday night (which ended at 12:59 a.m. Friday morning), the Cowboys faced a rematch of the 10-seeded Red Raiders at 4 p.m. But despite the short turnaround, Sam Garcia’s arm was fresh. He moved to 7-3, pitching a season-high eight innings and striking out eight Red Raiders and allowing only three hits.

The Cowboys got on the board in the third when Kollin Ritchie’s (1-3) RBI double sent Lane Forsythe (2-3) home. In the seventh, it was Forsythe’s turn when he singled to right-center field, sending Tyler Wulfert (2-4) home. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, Nolan Schubart (1-4) put the Raiders away with this two-run bomb.

Cowboys 10, Knights 1

Friday night had to feel like Deja vu when the Cowboys and Knights convened late Friday night at Globe Life Field, just 24 hours after their 7-6 extra innings bout that went UCF’s way. The Cowboys were able to handle the Knights easily in just innings this time.

Brian Holiday pitched his second complete game of the season, moving to 6-3. He allowed eight hits but just one run and no walks and etched seven Ks onto his belt. And the Cowboys’ bats were itching for payback.

Carson Benge (3-5) and Nolan Schubart (2-5) each went park as the Cowboys poured on 10 runs. Schubart got things going with a two-run moon shot in the first. He also had a two-RBI single in the fourth.

For a full recap of all the blazing offensive plays, check out @OSUBaseball’s late-night Twitter feed, but we’ll get out this one with Benge’s big-boy moonshot.

Bedlam for All the Marbles (and Bragging Rights)

That circuitous trip through the Big 12 bracket landed the Cowboys right where they want to be, and results in the conference’s 1 and 2 seeds squaring off for all the marbles.

The Cowboys look to put an exclamation point on what has been a dominant run in the now-concluding intraconference, in-state rivalry. OSU and Oklahoma will continue to meet, including midweek noncon matchups next year, but taking the Big 12 trophy from the exiting 1 seed would be poetic justice for the Pokes. This will also be the last time OSU and OU meet for a conference matchup in any sport, other than wrestling, before the Sooners leave for the SEC.

The Cowboys went 3-1 against OU this regular season and have won nine of the last 12 over their rival. This is OSU’s eighth overall Big 12 title game berth, with the Cowboys bringing home the hardware in 2004, 2017 and 2019. The Cowboys’ three current Big 12 tourney titles is tied with OU’s. If the Cowboys take the 2024 trophy home, they’ll tie TCU (four) as most among remaining Big 12 programs. Texas has five and Nebraska has four.

Opening pitch for the Big 12 Championship title game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Globe Life Field and will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

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