Cowboys Knock Off Texas In Series Opener
Oklahoma State extended its winning streak to four games Friday night with a 3-1, 11-inning victory over No. 23 Texas at UFCU-Disch Falk Field.
Robbie Rea and Mark Ginther collected RBI hits for the Cowboys in the 11th, and Blake Barnes kept UT off the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning as OSU picked up its second win over a ranked opponent this season.
With the win, OSU returned to .500 in Big 12 Conference play at 5-5 and is now 18-14 overall, while the Longhorns fell to 18-13 and 7-3 in the league.
The decisive inning provided plenty of dramatics for both teams.
In the top of the inning, Jarrett Higgins led off with a single and advanced to second on a groundout on a hit-and-run play. Up next, Rea worked a full count against UT closer Corey Knebel before delivering a double into the left-center field gap to bring home the go-ahead run.
OSU wasn't done as Ginther followed by ripping a single up the middle to make the score 3-1. Later in the inning, the Cowboys would have two on with two outs before UT finally got out of further trouble.
In the bottom of the 11th, Taylor Stell led off for the Longhorns and was hit by a pitch, and Erich Weiss followed with a walk to bring the winning run to the plate. Barnes got Jonathan Walsh to fly out, but then promptly hit Kevin Lusson with a pitch to load the bases with one out.
With the winning run on base, Barnes recorded a huge strikeout of Jacob Felts, then got Jordan Etier to ground out to end the game and seal a Cowboy win.
Barnes improved to 3-3 with the win in relief of starter Andrew Heaney, who was outstanding once again.
A junior southpaw, Heaney worked nine innings for the fourth time this season and allowed just one run on six hits. He recorded nine strikeouts, which marks the seventh time in nine starts this season he has struck out at least eight.
The lone run Heaney gave up came in the third on a two-out RBI double by Mark Payton.
Behind the pitching of starter Nathan Thornhill, UT maintained the one-run lead until the seventh. After having a runner thrown out at home plate trying to score earlier in the inning, the Cowboys would finally manage a run when Trey Whaley scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1.
In a game in which OSU outhit the Longhorns by a 10-6 margin, Gabe Weidenaar led the way as the Cowboy senior tied a career high with four hits in five at bats. Rea finished the contest 2-for-5.
Due to rain in the forecast, the two teams will close out the series Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.