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Disappointment in the desert: Cowboys fall to UCSB to end season in Arizona

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Oklahoma State left fielder Carson McCusker catches a fly ball for an out during the Oklahoma State vs. Oral Roberts baseball game on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at O'Brate Stadium in Stillwater.

Once the UC Santa Barbara onslaught started Oklahoma State just couldn’t find an answer.

The Gauchos scored a run in five of the eight innings they hit in.

“We didn’t have a great start that’s for sure,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “They came out and put pressure on us in the first. We couldn’t get any kind of pushback and couldn’t mount our own big inning to get back on their heels.”

The Gauchos ended the Cowboys season Sunday with a 13-3 dominating win in the Tucson regional.

“You’re going to be disappointed until you win the whole thing,” Holliday said. “It would be shortsided on my end and the kids end to let this ending discount the joy we’ve experienced this year together.

“This game stings, this one hurts. The final result is tough to swallow.”

After two runs in the first inning the Gauchos broke the game wide open in the second, scoring six runs on Cowboy starter Mitchell Stone. The inning was broken open with a bases-clearing three-run double from Marcos Castanon.

Castanon had the Cowboys number in the two games he played against them in the regional, batting 8-10 with 10 RBIs in the two games.

“He had hits to all fields, I think he had hits on all speeds of pitches, I’d just have to tip my cap to him. He did a good job moving the ball all over the yard on us,” Holliday said.

The Cowboys did not reach their ultimate goal of making it to Omaha and bringing hardware back to Stillwater, but Holliday isn’t displeased with the effort or the season the Cowboys put out.

“We’re disappointed, yes we are, but I am not disappointed in them. I’m proud of them and appreciative of their effort,” Holliday said. “To be disappointed in the result of this game, yes, but to be disappointed in the season? No shot, man.”

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