OSU Baseball Drops Finale At Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri scored twice in the eighth inning and clinched a series win over Oklahoma State with a 4-2 victory Sunday at Taylor Stadium.
With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 13-11 overall and are 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play. Missouri is 14-8 and 2-1 in the league.
Kyle Ottoson suffered the loss on the mound despite allowing just two earned runs. The senior southpaw worked a career-long 7.1 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. He struck out four and did not issue a walk but fell to 1-3 on the season.
Offensively, the Cowboys collected only six hits while leaving eight runners stranded on base.
Missouri took the game's first lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Dillon Everett, but OSU did not trail for long as they tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth.
In that inning, Jared Womack led off by reaching on an error, and Robbie Rea followed with a single. After a sacrifice bunt, the Cowboys had runners on second and third with one out, and Trey Whaley collected an RBI groundout to knot the score.
The Tigers' took another one-run lead in the fifth. With one out, Blake Brown singled, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error on the play. Brannon Champagne then picked up a go-ahead RBI on a sacrifice bunt that made the score 2-1.
Once again, the Cowboys would answer two innings later, but they couldn't capitalize on a potential big inning. With runners on first and third and two outs, Jarrett Higgins worked the count full before delivering an RBI single for OSU's second run. After Higgins stole second and Womack walked, the bases were loaded for Rea, but he popped out to end the threat as the score remained 2-2.
In the decisive eighth, Champagne opened with a single, then stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. The Cowboys called on Randy McCurry out of the bullpen, and after a walk to put Tigers on first and third, Eric Garcia sent a grounder to shortstop. Hunter Bailey gloved it and fired home, but Womack couldn't hang on to the ball and the go-ahead run scored.
The Tigers made it 4-2 on a sacrifice fly by the next batter, Scott Sommerfeld.
In their final at bat, the Cowboys brought the tying run to the plate after Bailey drew a two-out walk, but Higgins popped out to end the game.
OSU returns to action Tuesday when the Cowboys host Arkansas-Little Rock at 6:30 p.m.