83
      Wednesday
      89 / 74
      Thursday
      86 / 71
      Friday
      87 / 68

      OSU's Costly Errors Leads To Saturday Loss

      SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -{}Oklahoma State suffered its second-straight loss to open the 2012 season as Cal Poly knocked off the Cowboys, 11-3, Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.

      The Cowboys committed five errors and allowed six unearned runs in the loss, and starter Kyle Ottoson suffered the loss on the mound.

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      OSU finished the contest with 11 hits, with Robbie Rea's 3-for-5 effort leading the way. Mark Ginther and Victor Romero had two hits apiece for the Cowboys.

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      The Cowboys threatened to get on the scoreboard in their first at bat, getting back-to-back one out singles from Rea and Ginther, but Jared Womack and Trey Whaley both grounded out to end the inning.

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      The Mustangs took an early lead against Ottoson in the bottom of the first. Mike Miller led off with a triple and scored on Mitch Haniger's sacrifice fly to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. Cal Poly then made Ottoson pay for a pair of two-out walks as, following the two free passes, an infield hit and a throwing error by Ginther allowed Armendariz to score from second base.

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      OSU trimmed its deficit in half in the top of the third. Hunter Bailey drew a one-out walk, and Rea followed with his second hit of the game, a double just inside the left-field line that brought Bailey home. The RBI was the first of Rea's Cowboy career.

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      The Cowboys' defense came up big in the bottom of the third to keep Cal Poly from collecting its third run. After a two-out double by Nick Torres, Chris Hoo sent a sharp grounder down the first base line, but Wes Jones snagged the ball and tossed to Ottoson covering to save a run.

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      Cal Poly would take a 3-1 advantage in the fourth with a two-out rally. After Ottoson retired the first two batters in the frame, the Mustangs strung together three consecutive singles, the final coming off the bat of pinch-hitter Tim Wise to bring home a run.

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      The Mustangs took control of the contest in the fifth as they rallied for six runs on three hits. Just three of the runs were earned as OSU committed a pair of errors in the frame.

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      The home team knocked Ottoson from the game after three batters in the decisive fifth. Armendariz led off the inning with a single, and Torres reached on an error on his sacrifice bunt attempt. Up next, Hoo drilled a double into the left-center field gap to bring home both runners and put Cal Poly up 5-1.

      Cal Poly wasn't done, scoring their sixth run on a Blake Barnes' balk and then getting their second two-RBI double of the inning, this one from Miller, to go up 8-1. The Mustangs recorded their final run of the big inning on a sacrifice fly by Haniger.

      With OSU trailing 10-1 in the seventh, the Cowboys added a pair of runs. Jones led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, an RBI single by Hunter Bailey made it 10-2. The Pokes added their third run when Bailey scored from second on a throwing error.

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      The two teams conclude the series Sunday at 3 p.m. (CST).

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