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April 4, 2014

Cowboy baseball runs down Texas Tech for 3-1 victory

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s Jon Perrin had a nice performance in the series opener against Texas Tech at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium on Friday night.

Perrin improved to 3-2 this year after pitching six full innings and allowed one run in the 3-1 Cowboy victory. Perrin allowed five hits and struck out four Red Raiders. Vince Wheeland came on in the seventh and threw two innings and picked up two strikeouts. Brendan McCurry came on in the ninth and picked up the save.

“(Perrin) pitched through a couple of jams. He did an awesome job,” Oklahoma State senior Saulyer Saxon said. “I was really proud of him. He did exactly what we needed on Friday night.”

No. 20 ranked Oklahoma State moved its record to 21-9 and 4-3 in conference play. No 25 ranked Texas Tech dropped to 23-10 and 4-6 in Big 12 play. The matchup between two Top 25 teams proved to be a closely fought game.

“Good baseball games that are played well are usually close. Friday night baseball is usually close baseball,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said. “We played good defense and had some good moments on the offensive side tonight.”

Saxon was effective with the bat, going 1 for 2 with a run, a double and an RBI. Gage Green went 2 for 3.

Green started the bottom of the second inning with a double to right field. Green then showed off his speed when he stole third base.

“It’s something that we work on every day,” Green said. “Anytime anyone is at second and can steal third, it makes it that much easier for the hitter.”

Matt Withrow, Texas Tech’s starting pitcher, was called for a balk which sent Green across the plate for OSU to take a 1-0 lead.

An inning later, Saxon was hit by a pitch to get to first. Saxon was moved over to second when Donnie Walton laid down a sacrifice bunt. Conor Costello drilled the baseball as it hit the right field wall to bring Saxon home for a 2-0 advantage.

Texas Tech’s Eric Gutierrez got the Red Raiders on the board with a solo home run to left field in the top of the fifth. Perrin got out of the fifth, allowing just the one home run. Texas Tech had runners at first and third twice but was unable to get anyone else across the plate. OSU led 2-1 midway through the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Tim Arakawa reached first on a hit to center. Craig McConaughy got Arakawa to second on a sacrifice bunt. Saxon connected on a pitch and picked up a double to bring Arakawa home. The run pushed the Cowboys’ lead back to two runs at 3-1, where it stayed.

“It was a huge shift in the momentum of the game. They’re on the verge of tying it (and Perrin) shuts them down and we go up and score again and we’re back to a two-run lead,” Holliday said.

The Cowboys are now on a four-game winning streak as they will host Texas Tech at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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