NEBRASKA 7, Oklahoma State 1

Friday, May 18th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Dan Johnson slammed a two-run homer and John Cole had four hits to support Shane Komine's effective pitching as top-seeded Nebraska handled Oklahoma State 7-1 Thursday in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament.

Johnson's towering homer over the right-field wall in the fifth inning gave the Cornhuskers a 5-1 lead, breaking open a tight pitching duel between Komine and Oklahoma State's Mike Miller. It was Johnson's 20th home run of the season.

Nebraska (43-14), seeking its third straight conference tournament championship, advanced to a winner's bracket game on Saturday. The Huskers will play at 1 p.m. against the winner of Friday's 7 p.m. elimination game against Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

Komine, a junior right-hander who had been hampered the past week by a back injury, went eight innings, throwing 141 pitches and setting a tournament record with 12 strikeouts. He allowed just six hits, two walks and the only run for the Cowboys (39-19).

Brandon Penas worked a scoreless ninth for Nebraska.

Johnson knocked in four runs, including Cole three times. Cole tied a tournament record with three stolen bases.

Miller (2-2) went seven innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs. He walked three and struck out five.

Oklahoma State scored its only run in the second inning on Zach Cates' single and Ali Modami's two-out double.