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March 27, 2011

Brad Propst comes up big for Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State right-hander Brad Propst came up big for the Cowboys on Saturday.

The Cowboy senior tossed a seven hitter as Oklahoma State (17-6, 2-3)  gave No. 4 Texas (17-6, 4-1) its first conference loss Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Propst’s complete game probably was just as important as Saturday’s 3-1 victory, following Friday’s 15-inning 1-0 loss to the Longhorns.

“Brad had to go deep in the game because we used our closer last night to try to win that game,” Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson said.

Friday night, closer Chris Marlowe came on in the eighth and pitched the last 6.2 innings.

Propst didn’t need a closer Saturday.

Texas had just two runners reach second base in eight innings. He threw 116 pitches (85 strikes) and recorded six strikeouts. He faced just three batters in four innings.

“He gets in a rhythm. He did that last Friday (March 18) against KU and today,” OSU catcher Jared Womack said. “It’s impressive to watch him and a pleasure to catch him.”

When he is on, the catcher doesn’t have to move his glove as Probst’s pitches pop into the catcher’s mitt.

“He hits his spots constantly and just is a winner,” Womack said.

The wind was blowing in from left field and the temperature was in the mid-40s. It would have been hard to hit the ball deep on Saturday.

“Coach (Matt) Gardner helped me out. He told me the ball wasn’t going to go anywhere today. I got a lot more flyouts than I usually get today. The ball just wasn’t traveling,”  Propst said.

Texas was scoreless until the ninth when it looked as if the Longhorns might be able to put together a big inning after an errant throw allowed Longhorn shortstop Brandon Loy to reach first with no outs.

Oklahoma State and Texas play at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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