CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Shortstop Tom Belza hit three homers, one
more than he had all season, to lead Oklahoma State to a 10-6
victory over Alabama in the NCAA tournament on Friday.
The third-seeded Cowboys (33-22) did not qualify for the
eight-team Big 12 Conference tournament and their selection for the
NCAA tournament was criticized.
Belza and Oklahoma State put that to rest quickly at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium, taking an 8-0 lead by the third inning. Belza
hit all of his long-balls by the fifth.
Alabama (37-20) got within three runs but couldn't tie the game.
Oklahoma State starter Tyler Lyons (7-5) gave up six runs on 10
hits for the victory. Randy McCurry worked the final 3 1-3 innings
for his 10th save.
Austin Hyatt (8-3) took the loss for the Crimson Tide.