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Wave washed: Pepperdine ends OSU’s hope for 12th title in semifinals

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Bo Jin

Clay Feagler stood on the par-3, eighth tee box two down from Austin Eckroat.

Feagler, Pepperdine, hit his shot and it was the perfect number. He aced the hole.

The bleeding was just starting in his match against Oklahoma State’s Eckroat.

Feagler would go on to win the next five holes in the match, and all of a sudden a 2-up lead for Eckroat became a 3-down deficit. Eckroat's late charge would come up just short as he lost 2&1. Eckroat was 1-1 on the day, and the loss was his first NCAA Championship match play loss bringing his record to 6-1.

The other matches were much the same, without the hole-in-one. Pepperdine (3-seed) had all the momentum, and never let up enough to allow OSU (2-seed) to catch a break.

An incredible fairway bunker shot from the Wave’s Joe Highsmith slammed the door on Aman Gupta, who’s birdie putt on 18 just skid by to drop the match. Gupta finished the day 0-2.

Bo Jin, who finished with runner-up honors in the tournament, won his first of the day against Vanderbilt’s Matthew Reidel in the quarterfinals, but tied in his semifinal match, which didn’t finish.

Eugenio Chacarra also ended his match all square and also was unable to finish because Pepperdine had already clinched the win.

The 3-0-2 match loss to the Wave’s ends the Cowboys run for their 12th title, and also ends Eckroat’s OSU career. Eckroat will make his professional debut on the Korn Ferry Tour on June 10.

The Cowboys had five tournament wins in their 2021 campaign including a Big 12 Championship, but fell short of the teams ultimate goal.