STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State broke open a tight 6-5 game with
three runs in the seventh inning and managed to hold on late as the
15th-ranked Cowboys clinched the series with Kansas State after a 9-6
win Monday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the loss, K-State moved to 23-13 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play,
while Oklahoma State improved to 27-9 overall and 8-4 in league play.
Oklahoma State reliever Justin Friend (4-2) was extremely effective on
Monday, going 5.1 innings and scattering three hits and one run. In
fact, Friend gave up an RBI-single to Drew Biery in his first action of
the day and did not surrender another hit until Biery’s solo homer in
K-State starter Ben Hornbeck (2-1) suffered the loss after giving up six
runs on five hits over 3.1 innings with four walks and one strikeout.
With the game at 6-5 in favor of Oklahoma State, the Cowboys pushed
across three runs in the seventh all coming by way of the home run as a
solo shot from Andrew Brown and a two-run blast from Jordy Mercer upped
the lead to 9-5.
K-State battled back in the ninth as Biery lifted a solo homer off
Friend and Nate Tenbrink tripled off the wall in left. But, Eli Rumler
flied out to right to end the game.
Oklahoma State struck first in the bottom of the first inning as a
two-run double by Tyler Mach gave the Cowboys a 2- lead. K-State
answered with one in the second to cut the lead in half as Rob Vaughn’s
sacrifice fly scored Rumler, who was hit by a pitch and moved to third
on a single and a sacrifice bunt.
The Cowboys upped the lead to 3-1 in the second with an unearned run off
Hornbeck and Rebel Ridling’s solo homer in the third gave Oklahoma
State a 4-1 advantage.
K-State then sent nine men to the plate in the fourth, scoring four runs
all with two outs to take a 5-4 lead. Tenbrink led off with a single
and after a Tyler Ruch single with one out, the Cats got four straight
two-out singles from Vaughn, Adam Muenster, Derek Bunker and Biery to
take the one-run lead.
Tyler Mach’s one-out single in the bottom of the fourth scored two runs
after K-State pitchers had walked the bases loaded to give the Cowboys
a 6-5 advantage.
The Cats out-hit the Cowboys in all three games, including holding a
10-8 advantage on Monday, and Muenster, Biery, Tenbrink and Ruch all
had two hits each on Monday.
Kansas State returns to action Wednesday as it hosts Central Christian
at Tointon Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.