Oklahoma State baseball beats Texas Tech and forces a Big 12 rematch

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Brennan Phillips just needed stability.

The pitcher found himself in the biggest phase of his young career during second-ranked OSU’s Big 12 Tournament game against sixth-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday.

Phillips got the starting nod in what amounted to an elimination game for the Cowboys, and got a jam during the opening inning when the Red Raiders put runners on the corners with one out.

But after scoring the second hit, Phillips grappled with Texas Tech’s Gavin Cash. Phillips placed a heater in the top of the strike zone, and Cash came down swinging to end the inning.

OSU never trailed during its 8-1 victory over Texas Tech thanks in large part to Phillips. The former Owasu High School starter allowed only one run and recorded a career-high seven strikeouts in six innings pitched.

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OSU will play Texas Tech again at 4 p.m. Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The winner advances to the championship game, where they will face fourth seed TCU at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Phillips got a lot of help from the Ohio State University bats.

David Mendham got the ball rolling in the bottom of the second inning. After collecting five RBIs in a win over OU on Friday, the senior delivered an RBI double to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Mendham came home the next game when Marcus Brown drove a ball into right field on an RBI single.

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OSU then added six runs over the next two innings to claim an 8-0 lead.

Tyler Wolfert led the charge. After recording an RBI double in the third inning, Young hit again in the fourth.

Wolfert connected on a downfield from Texas Tech’s Jase Lopez and sent a laser shot into right field for a leadoff single.

Texas Tech’s lone run came courtesy of Hudson White, who kicked a ball into the upper deck into left field for a solo home run during the top of the fifth inning.

But the Bayden Root halted any hopes of a Texas Tech comeback. The senior pitcher made the save by recording three hits in three innings.

Wulfert led OSU at the plate with three RBIs and one on hitting 2-for-4. Nolan Shubart also totaled two RBIs and two runs on hitting 2-for-4.

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