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Cowboys overcome tough loss, advance to Super Regionals

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Carson McCusker runs into the first baseman during game 6 against UConn during the NCAA Regional Tournament, at Bricktown Ballpark, in Oklahoma City, OK, on June 1, 2019.

Facing elimination, the Oklahoma State baseball team had to muster its team for a winner-take-all matchup. 

Many of the seniors on the team were fighting to get back to the Super Regionals for the first time since their freshman year.

Once again facing Connecticut, the Cowboys defeated the Huskies, 3-1, advancing to the Super Regionals on Monday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

With a shortened pitching rotation, coach Josh Holliday gave senior Joe Lienhard the start. 

Leinhard's last appearance was against Texas Christian in the Big 12 tournament. In two innings, he gave up four earned runs.

Against the Huskies, he made up for his previous performance. 

Similar to Sunday's game, the Huskies were the team to score. In the next half inning, however, the Cowboys tied the game off of a Alex Garcia home run.

Lienhard pitched six innings, only giving up the one run and five hits. 

As the contest progress, neither team was able to capitalize on their opportunities. 

In the sixth inning, the Cowboys finally saw a spark fly. Junior Carson McCusker stepped up to the plate with baserunners at second and third.

On the 0-1 pitch, McCusker knocked the ball to left field. Bryce Carter and Trevor Boone to give the Cowboys the lead. 

Junior Peyton Battenfield came in relief as the Cowboys were clutching to their lead. Battenfield faced nine batters and sent them all down, with five Huskies falling to strikeouts.

OSU's victory advances it to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2016.

The Cowboys will face No. 8 Texas Tech, who swept them during the regular season.

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