After mounting a comeback on Saturday night against Nebraska, the Oklahoma State baseball team geared up for the regional final against Connecticut.
One more win and the Cowboys would advance to the Super Regionals.
The Huskies, however, had a different plan on their mind.
UConn defeated the Cowboys 5-2 on Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City to force a winner-take-all game.
After pitching a standout perfomance in the Big 12 championship game, redshirt freshman Brett Standlee got the start in the regional final.
Similar to its game against Nebraska, OSU's opponents got off to a hot start.
UConn got on the board in the first inning thanks to fly out to left field that scored John Toppa
The next inning, the Huskies scored two more runs to take a 3-0 lead.
The Cowboys were finally able to get on the board in the third when Cade Cabbiness scored off of a wild pitch.
Although he gave up three runs, Standlee started to get into a groove as the game progressed. In innings three through six, the Huskies only mustered two hits off Standlee.
“I feel like I competed hard," Standlee said. "They are a great team and can swing it very well. There were just one or two pitches here and there that I didn’t pitch perfect and they got a piece of it. You have to keep going day by day, and hopefully we will come out tomorrow and forget about this. We will learn from it and come out tomorrow as a better team.”
In the seventh inning, however, UConn added to its lead.
With two outs, Standlee gave up a two-run home run that brought the score to 5-2.
Left with six outs left, OSU attempted to mount a comeback.
UConn decided to bring in Jacob Wallace to pitch in the seventh with two outs. Wallace is widely considered as one of the best pitchers in college baseball and is one of five finalists for National Pitcher of the Year.
Wallace faced seven Cowboy batters and struck all of them out.
"We had some opportunities and didn’t capitalize," coach Josh Holliday said. "They hit a home run late to kind of gain some separation and got the ball to their closers."
The Huskies took the victory and forced a winner-take-all game scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.
“They have a good team, obviously," Holliday said. "We did a good job controlling them on offense for the most part. Brett [Standlee] did a good job. We were putting the ball in play and he did a good job. You don’t get too concerned about what the other team is doing. You have a game plan. You know strategy-wise what they are going to do. You just have to stay true to yourself, take a big deep breath and start back over tomorrow.”