STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State University played catch up the entire game of Saturday’s series finale with West Virginia at Allie P. Reynolds, 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 ball game 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 from 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. Oklahoma State will be the second seed for the Big 12 championship after Kansas State beat Oklahoma.
“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.”
West Virginia scored in the first to give the Mountaineers their first lead of the series. The leadoff batter reached on a single through the right side of the infield and was advanced around to third. He came home on a sacrifice fly to right.
Oklahoma State tied it in the bottom half of the inning. Leadoff batter Saulyer Saxon was hit by a pitch, sacrificed to second on a bunt by freshman Donnie Walton (which tied an OSU record for sac bunts in a season with 16) and reached third on a wild pitch. Senior Randy McCurry brought Saxon in on a single to right.