Oklahoma State had its seven-game winning streak snapped Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as UC Davis rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to earn a 4-3 win.
The loss was the first at home for the Cowboys this season as they fell to 9-2 overall, while UC Davis improved to 6-6.
"It was a disappointing loss, especially when you're given a few breaks late and have a chance to maybe sneak in there and grab a game where you didn't play well but are still in position to win," said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. "But we made too many mistakes today, and against a good team like UC Davis, if you give them extra opportunities or breakdown on fundamental plays to keep them in the game, they've got a chance to get back and get you. That's definitely what happened today."
The score was tied 1-1 through much of the contest. The Aggies plated a run in the top of the first on an RBI groundout by Paul Politi, and OSU evened the score in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Tanner Krietemeier, the first of his career.
That would be all the scoring until the eighth, when UC Davis took advantage of a Cowboy fielding error and scored the go-ahead run.
But trailing 2-1, OSU answered in the bottom of the inning. Robbie Rea led off the frame with a home run to left-center field to tie the score again, and the Cowboys then took advantage of some poor defense from UC Davis to take the lead.
With two outs, Zach Fish singled and Victor Romero walked, which brought pinch hitter Saulyer Saxon to the plate. Saxon sent a grounder to second base, where it was booted by Steven Patterson to give the Cowboys a bases loaded situation.
Up next, Gage Green grounded to second, and Patterson was unable to field the ball cleanly. The second-straight error by the Aggies' second baseman allowed Romero to score and gave the Cowboys a 3-2 advantage.
However, in the ninth, OSU closer Randy McCurry could not collect the save. Mike Mazzara greeted McCurry with a single, and Austin Logan followed with a double. Patterson then redeemed himself with an RBI groundout to tie the score at 3-3.
McCurry got the next hitter to pop out, but with two outs, Spencer Brann delivered a clutch double down the right field line to bring home what proved to be the winning run.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Cowboys put the tying run on first base twice but failed to score.
Randy McCurry took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season, while Max Cordy worked 1.1 scoreless innings for his second win.
The Cowboys managed just six hits in the contest, two of those by Krietemeier.
OSU starter Tyler Nurdin worked six strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits, and he struck out eight, the most by a Cowboy pitcher this season.