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OSU Baseball drops season-opening series at Grand Canyon

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– Oklahoma State couldn’t capitalize offensively Monday at Brazell Stadium as the 11th-ranked Cowboys fell in the series finale to Grand Canyon, 4-0, and dropped the series to the Lopes.

OSU (1-2) stranded nine runners on the basepaths in the contest, and sophomore Carson Teel, making his first-career start, took the loss on the mound.

The Cowboys threatened to take an early lead in the contest. In the second inning, Michael Neustifter collected a one-out double for his first-career hit, and following a walk and an error, OSU had the bases loaded. But Trevor Boone struck out, and Jacob Chappell grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.

After retiring the first six hitters he faced, Teel surrendered a leadoff home run to Greg Saez in the bottom of the third as the Lopes took a 1-0 advantage.

In the fourth, OSU was poised to get the tying run with Andrew Rosa on third and one out. But Rosa was thrown out at home on a ground ball to third base before Chappell lined out to end the frame.

GCU (2-1) plated a pair of runs in the fifth, getting an RBI double off the bat of Griffin Barnes before a throwing error allowed the Lopes to push their lead to 3-0.

The final run of the contest came in the sixth on another solo homer, this one by Ian Evans.

OSU mounted a rally in the seventh, getting a leadoff single from Rosa and a double by Boone – his first hit as a Cowboy – to put runners on second and third with no outs. But GCU reliever Gabe Benavides retired the next three batters to keep the Pokes off the scoreboard.

Rosa was the lone Cowboy with multiple hits on the day, as he recorded his second-straight two-hit effort. OSU finished with seven hits in the contest.

Following Teel’s 5 1/3 innings on the hill, in which he allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out four, Joe Lienhard and Brady Basso both worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

OSU concludes its trip to Phoenix Tuesday when the Cowboys take on Arizona State at 2 p.m. (CST).

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