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OSU Baseball: Cowboys Sweep Houston Series, Land 2 Seed in Big 12 Championship

The Cowboys scored 29 (!!!) runs on Saturday.

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It was a record-setting Saturday for the Cowboys, and it sends them into the postseason on one heck of a run.

No. 17 Oklahoma State thumped Houston in consecutive games to close out the regular season on Saturday. The Cowboys ran it up in Game 1, winning 20-3 thanks to a 10-run sixth inning, and then completed the sweep with a 9-2 win Saturday evening to finish the year 36-16 and at No. 2 in the Big 12 with a 19-9 finish.

Game 1: Cowboys 20, Cougars 3

This series, which was supposed to run Thursday-Friday-Saturday, was weather-delayed multiple times. Game 1 actually got started Friday night when the Cowboys and Cougars were rained out during a scoreless first inning. The field may have gotten soaked, but the Pokes’ bat still caught fire on Saturday.

In a continuation of Game 1, OSU scored six runs in the third, one in the fifth, then blew the game open with 10 runs in the sixth. The Pokes scored one in the seventh and two more in the ninth to get to 20.

Four Cowboys recorded three RBIs, as Nolan Schubert went 2-3 with a home run, Zach Ehrhard went 1-3, Avery Ortiz went 2-4 with a home run and Tyler Wulfert went 2-4. Ian Daughtery also went 1-3 with a one-run homer.

Sam Garcia moved to 6-3 with the win, striking out seven and walking four while allowing two runs in seven innings. Janzen Keisel closed things out, striking out three Cougars and allowing a run in two innings.

Game 2: Cowboys 9, Cougars 2

The Cowboys’ bats didn’t cool off during the intermission, scoring two runs each in the first and third innings to take a 4-0 lead. Houston scored one in the fourth, but OSU scored two each in the fifth and sixth and one more in the seventh. The Cougars scored a final run in the eighth.

Nolan Schubart followed up his big Game 1 by going 3-4 with five RBIs and another deep ball. Ehrhard, Aidan Meola and Colin Brueggemann each added RBIs, as well.

Brian Holiday moved to 5-3 on the year, tying a season high with 14 Ks in 8 1/3 innings. He walked just one Cougar and allowed two runs.

Record-Setting Performances

In the two games, Sam Garcia and Brian Holiday became the 17th and 18th different pitches, respectively, in OSU history to reach the 100-strikeout mark in a season. The last time two Cowboys did that in the same year was 2016 with Thomas Hatch and Trey Cobb.

The Cowboys also reached 100 home runs in a season for the second consecutive year in Game 1. They hit three bombs in the opener and another in Game 2.

Next Up

The Cowboys head to Arlington as a 2 seed in the Big 12 Championship. The tournament runs May 21-25, but the Cowboys will get a first-round bye and will play the winner of the 5-9 matchup between Cincinnati and UCF at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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