OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As usual, Oklahoma State will play in regionals. How the Cowboys earned the spot this time was far from typical.

Ryan Cash had four hits, and Oklahoma State became the first No. 8 seed to win the Big 12 Tournament with a 6-5 victory over Texas on Sunday.

“I think we came out here enjoying the moment and living in the moment,” Cash said. “It was an unbelievable day out on the field, and I think it really helped having such a positive mindset coming in.”

Oklahoma State reached regional play for the fifth straight year under coach Josh Holliday, but just getting to the Big 12 Tournament was a chore this year. The Cowboys (30-25) had to win their final two regular-season games against Oklahoma just to qualify. They made it, then won all four games in Oklahoma City to earn the automatic regional berth .

“We learned a big lesson on how to turn something around that isn’t going your way,” Holliday said. “That was a big lesson learned. These kids took the initiative to continue to fight instead of rolling over and dying. These guys did OSU baseball a good service.”

Bryce Fischer had three hits, including a solo homer, and Garrett McCain had three hits and knocked in three runs to help Holliday earn his 200th career win.

McCain was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He said he was glad the Cowboys finally had the turn for the better Holliday said the team was capable of producing.

“There were moments where we showed glimpses that we could play this style of baseball, and it was almost like we would go to sleep and forget what we had just done,” he said.

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