Oklahoma State baseball falls flat to Florida in the NCAA Regional Finals


STILLWATER – For the third straight season, Oklahoma State’s baseball season ends in its own NCAA region.

OSU couldn’t muster enough offense, losing 4-2 to Florida in a matinee elimination game Monday at O’Brate Stadium. The Cowboys and Gators faced off for the second straight time, and a win in both would have advanced OSU to a super regional for the first time since 2019.

Instead, some of the same issues from Sunday night have resurfaced Monday, and Florida is headed to super-regional Clemson as OSU’s super-regional drought continues.

The Cowboys had just five hits and hit .167 on the night.

Here are two takeaways from the loss:

Missed opportunities in the fifth

The afternoon crowd at O’Brate Stadium never got louder than after the first three at-bats of the fifth inning, and the Cowboys wouldn’t get a better chance to dig out of a hole in an elimination game.

Third baseman Tyler Wulfert led off with a single to center field, shortstop Lane Forsythe walked, then right fielder Carson Benge singled up the middle to load the bases with no outs and OSU trailing 3-1. Home run leader Nolan Schubart was next. An ideal place to change course.

Schubart threw a foul ball that Gators catcher Luke Heyman hauled in. OSU center fielder Zach Ehrhard hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Wulfert, but that was all the Cowboys got.

In the next at bat, design hitter Aidan Meola took an empty swing for his third at-bat to end the once bright-looking inning and tapped his bat on his helmet in frustration.

OSU’s pitching was good enough to give the Cowboys a chance

While the OSU offense never found its role, the pitching staff didn’t allow Florida much of any consistent offense either.

Tommy Molsky made his second start of the season – the other was against OU in the Big 12 Championship Game – and held the Gators scoreless through the first two innings.

Florida’s only consistent offense came in the third inning, when Molsky hit two Gators and gave up a pair of hits for a 2-0 Florida lead.

Molsky was pulled after the third and Evan O’Toole, Ryan Ure and Robert Cranz were available in relief. They gave up five hits and two runs in the final five innings, giving the OSU offense a chance to find a spark and get back into the game.

Only Jac Caglianone, Florida’s home run leader with a .407 batting average, had multiple hits (two) for the Gators.

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