OKLAHOMA CITY – All eyes were on junior Trevor Boone as he took home plate with the Cowboys trailing 5-3 in the top of the ninth and blasted a 3-run home run to left field giving OSU a quick 6-5 advantage over the Nebraska Huskers in the final moments of Saturday night’s game.
The Huskers kept the Cowboys on their heels throughout the entirety of the game taking a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning as Parker Scott took the mound for the Pokes to start the game.
Scott, who sat out most of last season healing from Tommy John surgery, allowed eight Huskers to find base in the first inning, and a 3-run bomb from right fielder Aaron Palensky put Nebraska up in front of the Pokes immediately.
The Huskers, who advanced to tonight’s matchup after defeating UCONN 8-5 the day before, found more success in the bottom of the third when 1st baseman Colby Domes delivered a 2 RBI 1B extending the Huskers to 5-0 with a lot of ballgame left to be played.
Left fielder Carson McCusker gave the Cowboys life in the top of the fifth when he delivered a solo home run putting the Pokes on the board for the first time cutting Nebraska’s lead to 5-1.
And the runs didn’t stop there for the Cowboys.
The top of the eighth brought three straight hits for the Pokes setting up designated hitter Bryce Carter for an RBI 2B giving the Pokes a chance to cut the lead even more at 5-2.
Short stop Andrew Navigato closed in on the Huskers in the top of the ninth for the Cowboys last chance as he hit a 1B RBI leaving runners on 1st and 2nd base with Trevor Boone coming to the plate.
Boone brought Cowboy fans to their feet with a 3-run bomb to left field that skyrocketed the Pokes to a last-minute 6-5 lead over Nebraska, and with junior Ben Leeper shutting down the Huskers’ chances in B9, the Cowboys would take the 6-5 win remaining in the winners column.
This win puts OSU in the OKC Regional Finals where they will face the winner of UCONN vs. Nebraska tomorrow evening with hopes of moving closer to one goal; Omaha.