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March 28, 2014

First inning dooms OSU in 3-1 loss to Horned Frogs

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State has been able to overcome early errors and erase deficits this season. But on Friday night in the Cowboys’ Big 12 home opener against Texas Christian the Cowboys were unable to call on the magic.

TCU came to Stillwater ready to play. The Horned Frogs started the game off by capitalizing on a bad pitch and an error in the top of the first inning to come away with a 3-1 victory.

“We came up short but I thought we were in position all night long to make a run at them,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said. “I thought we won the battle of the game but obviously we didn’t win the first inning and unfortunately that was the difference in the game tonight.”

OSU’s Zach Fish was in the lineup as a designated hitter on Friday night. Fish went 1-3.

“Zach had a sore leg (Thursday). We tried to keep him in the lineup and we hope to get him a little closer to 100 percent,” Holliday said.

Coming into the game Oklahoma State knew that Texas Christian had a solid pitching staff. Brandon Finnegan started the game on the hill for TCU and tossed seven innings and had eight strikeouts. Finnegan allowed five hits and one run. Riley Ferrell threw the final two innings and gave up one hit and earned four strikeouts.

“We faced two of the finest pitchers in the country. Those young men threw the ball exceptionally well. We battled them hard and played to the very end,” Holliday said.

Jon Perrin threw the first eight innings for the Cowboys. Perrin shut TCU out for seven innings but the first inning gave up all three runs. Perrin allowed seven hits but struck out eight Horned Frogs batters.

“I’m proud of his ability to turn the page on the first inning and give our team what we needed, which was a series of zeros,” Holliday said. “Jon did his job. He would tell you that if he could go back to that first inning he probably would like to get a couple of pitches back. But you don’t get that in baseball. Looking over your shoulder can only slow you down.”

The Cowboys got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning after Conor Costello knocked a deep shot to the track and picked up a double. Fish was the next batter and delivered a hit. The throw to first was mishandled and Costello went across home plate for OSU’s lone score of the night.

The Cowboys did get six hits on the night but left nine runners on base.

Oklahoma State will shrug off the loss on Friday night and hope to come back at 3 p.m. Saturday refreshed in hopes of winning the series.

“I was proud of the way we fought back. I thought we had a number of opportunities throughout the game against two great pitchers to punch back and try to tie up or go ahead. Sometimes in baseball if you create moments one of these days you’re going to knock it over,” Holliday said. “We have to sleep on it and come out with a fresh mindset and come after them in game two.”

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