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Stillwater regional: OSU takes control on Day 2

Down goes Fullerton.

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Day two at the Stillwater Regional brought more excitement, including some OSU history. Here’s what you missed:

OSU Turns Triple Play, Advances To Regional Final

This was a great matchup between one of the best hitting teams in the country against the best pitching staff in the nation. The Cowboys faced a real challenge in Fullerton starter Justin Garza, who threw the fourth career no-hitter in Titans history last week against Cal State Northridge. Garza and the preseason No. 1 Titans cruised through the first two innings but struggled in the 3rd.

With two outs, Bryan Case doubled to right field, and Saulyer Saxon followed that with an infield single. Donnie Walton hit a double of his own to bring in a run, and Tanner Krietemeier also doubled to bring in two more.

It was the bottom of the 3rd that OSU made some history. With runners on first and second with no outs, Fullerton’s Keegan Dale lined a ball back to Jon Perrin with the runners going. Perrin turned and fired to second, where Walton relayed the ball to first, turning a triple play. It was the first triple play for OSU since March 10, 2012 against Alabama A&M.

The Pokes added five runs in the fifth, tagging Garza for seven earned runs – a career high for him. OSU looked every bit the team that could make it to Omaha in a 13-7 win. Every starter reached base safely, Krietemeier finished with five RBIs, and Conor Costello hit his 8th home run of the year. The 13 runs are the most Fullerton have given up in a game this season.

The Cowboys will take on a tired team in the regional final tomorrow, for whoever wins the 12 p.m. game turns around to play at 6 p.m. against OSU.

About to break into the majors, but still has time to watch his alma mater.

#SCTop10

Some great crowds at Allie P. so far.

I second this. Holliday is giving John Smith a run for his money as best OSU coach.

Huskers Rally In 9th, Eliminate Binghamton

Nebraska was up 4-0 after the 2nd inning and it looked like this game was over early. But Binghamton rallied for three runs in the 4th and three more in the 6th to take the lead, which the Bearcats carried into the 9th. But the Cornhuskers had a rally of their own, scoring three runs to keep their Omaha dreams alive with an 8-6 win.

Oh, Nebraska.


 

Times And Matchups For Day Three

Here’s what today’s games look like. Reminder: all games will be live online on ESPN3.

Nebraska vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12 p.m.

*Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska/Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

*If OSU loses, the if-necessary game will be played Monday at 6 p.m.

Around The Big 12

The big upset of the day belonged to Texas Tech, who won 3-0 against No. 1 seed Miami – the first time the Hurricanes have been shut out in a regional since 1995. Meanwhile, Kansas lost to the No. 1 seed Louisville and will face an elimination game against Kentucky tomorrow.

The other two Big 12 teams both played extra innings. Texas pulled off the upset against No. 1 seed Rice 3-2 in 11 innings, putting the Longhorns in the Regional championship game tomorrow. And TCU played the second-longest game in NCAA Tournament history, outlasting Sam Houston State 3-2 in 22 innings. The Horned Frogs will also await an opponent in tomorrow’s Regional final.

The Big 12 Twitter had a bit too much fun during the TCU game.

Update On The Corvallis Regional

Great news from out west! No. 1 overall seed Oregon State got blasted by UC Irvine last night, 14-2. This means the Beavers have to beat UNLV tomorrow before beating Irvine twice to advance to the Super Regional. If OSU loses tomorrow, the Cowboys could be looking at hosting a Super Regional in Stillwater.

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