The timing couldn’t be better for Oklahoma State pitcher Justin Campbell.
Campbell threw down the gauntlet after being trusted with the Cowboy’s first start of the Big 12 tournament. He threw 101 pitches over six scoreless innings and was the guiding force behind a 9-5 victory against Oklahoma on Wednesday.
“He really knows how to make pitches when he needs to get certain hitters in certain situations,” coach Josh Holliday said. “I thought he, once again, did a great job. He was fantastic.”
The great pitching performance was consistent with Campbell’s last two starts, where he threw a no-hitter against Kansas and an 8-inning gem against Baylor where he surrendered only one hit.
“He’s been good. He had the no hitter; he’s had several six and seven inning outings. There’s no doubt about it, he’s been good,” Holliday said.
The Cowboy bats gradually added run support throughout the game, scoring one run in the first inning, adding another in the fourth and breaking through for a 4-run inning in the fifth.
OSU had 9 hits including home runs by centerfielder Caeden Trenkle and shortstop Matt Golda. But the Cowboys also stressed the Sooner pitching staff by being patient. OSU drew nine walks and had two batters hit by pitches.
The ninth inning got weird.
The calendar flipped from Wednesday to Thursday and the crowd thinned out as the Cowboys walked five batters in the frame. Pitcher Coleton Bowman recorded the first two outs of the inning before bowing out for Roman Phansalker, who was unable to record an out. Kale Davis finally struck out OU catcher Jimmy Crooks to end the game one batter before the Sooners brought the tying run to the plate.
Because of an upset in the first round of the tournament, the Cowboys will play the 8 seeded West Virginia Mountaineers Thursday at 7:30. The Cowboys took two of three games from WVU in Stillwater this season.