By Jason Elmquist, CNHI News Service
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State University played catch up the entire game of Saturday’s series finale with West Virginia at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, and never could quite get over the hump.
The Cowboys would respond after each Mountaineer score but it wouldn’t be enough as they lost the finale 5-4 on Senior Day.
“We kept coming at it. It was just one of those days that we couldn’t really get that big moment early on and it forced us into the corner late where we had to try to scramble back,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “As I told our kids, it wasn’t our best ballgame of the year, but we’ve got to put it behind us and it’s time to move forward and regroup and get ready for the postseason tournament.”
The loss prevented OSU getting its first three-game series sweep this season. For the year, the Cowboys went 5-7 in Game 3 contests, with the mark being 2-5 in Big 12 Conference play.
OSU, despite the loss, will be the No. 2 seed for the Big 12 Tournament. The Cowboys (13-10) clinched second after Oklahoma (12-11) fell to Kansas State (16-7) 5-2 Saturday.
“Sweeping people is really hard. Sweeping doesn’t happen much,” Holliday said. “Winning series is what it’s all about. Winning three times in a row is hard — it’s hard in anything. It’s hard to beat your brother three times at HORSE. It’s not anything that you concern about.”
The Cowboys almost pulled it out in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Tanner Krietemeier and Randy McCurry hit back-to-back solo home runs over the left field wall to make it 5-4.
“We tried. We’re never out of it. We always stay with it to the end,” McCurry said.
However, fellow senior infielder Robbie Rea didn’t have as positive of a final home game, grounding out to second for the final out.
Elmquist the Stillwater NewsPress sports editor