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OSU Baseball: Cowboys Beat Sooners 9-3, Claim Fourth Big 12 Championship Trophy

The Cowboys send the Sooners packing without a Big 12 trophy.



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

The Cowboys are the 2024 Big 12 champions, and they earned it at the expense of their outgoing rival.

Oklahoma State, the 2 seed, defeated top-seeded Oklahoma 9-3 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday night at Globe Life Field. It makes for the Cowboys’ fourth Big 12 tourney trophy, tying for the second-most in conference history.

You’ll see the Cowboys’ nine runs and might think this all came down to the bats, but a couple of Cowboy pitchers came through on Saturday night.

Tommy Molksy retired the first five Sooners in his first start of the year, and then ran into some trouble, but the Sooners bailed him out. Then he made them pay.

In just 4 1/3 innings, Molsky tied a career high with eight strikeouts and walked just one. He got into a bit of a pinch in the second, spurring a visit to the mound by pitching coach Rob Walton, but OU’s Scott Mudler was called out for too much time outside of the box, which accounted for the third out and stranded two of his fellow Sooners. The Cowboys’ staff stuck with Molsky and he proceeded to strike out all three batters in the third, two more in the fourth and didn’t allow a Sooner score.

Gabe Davis spelled Molsky in the fifth and struck out two more Sooners and allowed one run, earning the win and moving to 2-4. Robert Cranz sealed the deal pitching the final two, allowing no runs.

While the pitching came through, the Cowboys’ offense was impressive and timely, scoring nine runs on just 11 hits.

The Cowboys got on the board with a Zach Ehrhard sac-fly in the first to take a 1-0 lead and then pushed their lead to 4-0 in the fifth. Colin Bruggemann tapped a double off the right-field wall to put a runner on third with one out. Then Avery Ortiz scored on a sac-fly with two strikes to make it 2-0, Cowboys. Lane Forsythe singled (and outran a laser to first base) to make it 3-0. Carson Benge singled to put runners on first and third to bring up Nolan Schubart, but the bomber flied out this time. Zach Ehrhard took a walk, but on the fourth ball a wild pitch scored Forsythe to make it 4-0, Pokes.

OU made it interesting, cutting the lead to 4-2 in the fifth, but No. 10 left no doubt when he stepped back to the plate in the seventh. Schubart launched a 426-foot moonshot over center field in a Major League stadium, and it put the Cowboys back in control.


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Things couldn’t end without a little drama, though. Up 9-3, the Cowboys needed three outs, and Ortiz got two of them. He started with a diving catch and flip to second base and then a fly-out. Forsythe collected the final out on a pop fly by OU’s Jaxon Willits.

With the win, the Cowboys earned their fourth Big 12 Baseball Championship trophy and moved to 40-17 on the year. The Cowboys await their postseason seed. The NCAA Tournament selection show is at 11 a.m. Monday on ESPN2.

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