The No. 8 Seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys continue to find success in the capitol city of Oklahoma. Playing at Bricktown Ballpark, Coach Josh Holliday and his ball club remain undefeated in the venue this year. Boasting a perfect 4-0 record in OKC, O-State’s most recent victim was the West Virginia Mountaineers. Securing an 8-4 win on Thursday, the Cowboys now find themselves in the driver seat for the Big 12 Championship.
Leaving Stillwater earlier in the year, WVU Head Coach Randy Mazey mentioned giving OSU’s Colin Simpson the nickname “Homer Simpson.” Why? The sophomore posted two previous multi-homerun games — both against WVU back in April.
Still living up to the billing, Simpson blasted two homeruns along with a double en route to a five RBI night. Asked about the success at the plate Simpson responded, “I really don’t know what it is. I’m not sure if it’s the way the pitchers throw, but I tend to see the ball well when it leaves their hands.”
The effort provided a boost against an excellent offensive team like West Virginia. Over the course of nine inning, the Mountaineers collected 13 hits. However, with only two walks, WVU never mounted a full attack resulting in limited extra base hits and fewer runs.
Tasked with slowing down a potent offense, Tyler Buffet provided 5.1 innings of work from the mound. Surrendering 12 hits and four earned runs, the right-handed pitcher hurled 98 pitches on the evening. Clearly the product was win moving Buffet to 6-5 on the year.
Oklahoma State now gets a day of rest before taking on the winner of West Virginia and Texas Tech.