STILLWATER – Embrace the chaos. Sunday had plenty of it.
Oklahoma State, seeded seventh nationally in the NCAA Tournament, completed the wildest 11 hours of baseball imaginable.
And it lives to see at least a few more.
The Cowboys fought back from a double-digit deficit early past Missouri State and then rallied late in the night to stun Arkansas with an improbable 14-10 win in 10 innings to force a win-or-go-home regional final in the Stillwater Regional at O’Brate Stadium.
OSU and Arkansas’ rematch is at 6 pm Monday.
It could be as wacky as Sunday, which featured 68 total runs in two games. The Cowboys played 19 total innings.
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And in the 19th, they extended their season.
Freshman third baseman Aidan Meola hit a go-ahead two-run single with the infield drawn in. Two batters later, Nolan McLean – who closed the game on the mound – hit a towering two-run homer to left field.
OSU had led 7-6 late until Arkansas’ Michael Turner hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth. The Cowboys took a 10-8 lead in the ninth when David Mendham doubled to the left to score two runs and Marcus Brown drove in another run with a double.
McLean, however, was unable to close the game out in the ninth.
Brady Slavens hit a two-out single to the right, scoring two to tie the game, adding even more chaos.
Less than 2 hours after beating Missouri State 29-15, the Cowboys were again rolling offensively.
Mendham opened the second with a solo homer off starter Jaxon Wiggins, a Roland graduate. Chase Adkison and Roc Riggio each added run-scoring hits for a 3-1 lead.
After Arkansas answered with a run, the Cowboys extended their lead to 5-2 on a two-run homer from Riggio to center field that scraped off the glove of Braydon Webb.
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OSU made it 6-2 when Griffin Doersching opened the fifth with a laser home run into the Cowboys’ bullpen.
Arkansas star Cayden Wallace hit a solo homer to begin the fifth. The Razorbacks got within one on a two-run single by Wallace in the sixth.
OSU added another run in the eight after two Arkansas errors.
But the two-run lead was not enough. No advantage was for either team.
The Cowboys still had plenty of fight left.
And they get one more game.
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