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Cowboys maintain rhythm in back-and-forth ballgame

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Griffin Doersching

Three back-to-back-to-back four-run innings by both the No. 1 seed OSU Cowboys and the No. 4 seed Missouri State Bears made for a hitting clinic.

Both teams combined for 24 total hits, five of them home runs and seven extra-base hits. However, it was the three-inning stretch that most will remember from the ballgame.

The Cowboys got off to a two-run lead to begin the game, but when the fourth inning rolled around, OSU utility player Nolan McLean sent a moon-shot to left field that cleared the stadium. It was McLean’s second homer of the game, and it got the ball rolling for the Cowboys to drive in three more runs to jump out to a 6-0 lead over the Bears. A scoreless fifth inning went by for both teams, but the Bears proceeded to respond with a strong inning of their own.

OSU starting pitcher Victor Mederos had a no-no through four and pitched five scoreless innings. After two outs and a walk, Mederos gave up two, two-run homers. OSU coach Josh Holliday stated that Mederos had control of the ballgame up until that moment.

“When he got the third out in the sixth inning, I think he went over there and sat down and caught his breath,” Holliday said. “The game got fast, he was in total control. Complete control of that game. Got the first batter out on the first pitch. And then they kind of, ‘boom, boom,’ the next thing you know the game got fast.”

Holliday also noted that Mederos managed his emotions “exceptionally well” throughout the course of the ballgame. After Mederos got through the inning, the Cowboy offense had their starting pitcher’s back as they responded with a very sound sixth inning.

Just off an error by the Bears catcher, DH Griffin Doersching made his presence known in his first postseason with a two-run double down the left-field line. Doersching’s two RBIs were the final scores of the game for the Cowboys.

“It’s awesome, it’s why I came to Oklahoma State, this is what I wanted to do and we’re blessed to be able to do it here at home. It’s exciting, but at the same time, I just want to treat it like another game,” Doersching said about his first regional appearance.

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