For the first time in College World Series history, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have won its first two games with a score of 1-0. The Cowboys are doing this because of continued stellar pitching from the starting pitchers and phenomenal defense. Tyler Buffett didn’t allow more than one base runner an inning during his eight on the mound and only gave up three hits. With only six strikeouts he relied heavily on the defense behind him and they delivered.
It started from the beginning when Ryan Sluder made a diving catch in center field to record the first out. From there, catcher Collin Theroux got in on the action by throwing out a hopeful Arizona Wildcat base runner. One of the most important plays came in the 9th when 3B Garrett Benge laid out to his left to stop a groundball and threw the potential tying runner out at first. The defense also recorded its 72nd double play this season, solidifying its spot at third best in the nation in turning double plays.
In both one run games this CWS, cleanup hitter Garrett Benge has delivered the eventual game-winning RBI. The Cowboy offense managed five hits off Wildcat pitcher Bobby Dalbec while striking out 12 times. The bats will need to start heating up more and not rely on one run being enough to win every game this tournament.
OSU will be back in action on Friday at 2 p.m. playing the winner of the Arizona/ UC Santa Barbara matchup.