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March 15, 2014

Cowboys split doubleheader with Texas-Pan American

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State settled for a split in Friday night’s double-header against Texas-Pan American.

OSU fell in the first game 3-1 but rallied to get a 4-3 exciting victory. After three straight innings of being blanked the Cowboys ended that streak. Zach Fish stepped to the plate a sailed a solo homerun to left field to cut UTPA’s lead to 3-2. Oklahoma State’s Gage Green hit a double to right field. The Broncs walked three straight Cowboys to send Green to the plate to tie the game 3-3 going into the seventh inning.

The bottom of the eighth was tied until Oklahoma State’s Saulyer Saxon stepped up to the plate and hit in Craig McConaughy for a 4-3 Cowboy lead.

UTPA was down to three outs in the top of the ninth. Brendan McCurry threw out the first batter and grounded out the second. McCurry struck out UTPA’s Jesus Garcia looking to end the game 4-3.

“The biggest thing for us was bringing that energy back to the dugout,” Fish said.

After the first game, the Oklahoma State Cowboys had lost four of its last five games. The Cowboys know that having a lull before Big 12 play begins is a better timetable.

“If we can face that adversity now I think it will make us more prepared come Big 12 and further on,” Fish said.

The eighth inning victory could be just what the Cowboys needed to get into midseason form.

“It’s a big win for us it’s a very good ball club. For us to come out and win that in the bottom of the eighth inning is huge,” Fish said. “Through all this adversity that we’ve already faced this season we know that it’s going to make us stronger down the run.”

Jon Perrin started the game on the bump for OSU and threw five innings. Perrin allowed five hits and three runs. Blake Battenfield threw the sixth and the seventh inning. McCurry came in for the final two innings and threw three strikeouts and got the win.

“It was a good response by our kids in game one,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said. “There was some clutch hitting there.”

The tough stretch of the season could be coming to an end with a momentum game such as the 4-3 victory at home.

“They’re trying like crazy and they care. Sometimes the game’s not easy,” Holliday said. “It’s just a period where our team is growing right before our eyes.”

The Cowboys are pleased with having the ability to bounce back.

“Games can only count as one loss if you leave what you learned behind and move forward. It’s a good thing we didn’t let that first game cost us the second one,” Holliday said.

The Cowboys took the first attack with Fish getting hit in by Robie Rojas in the bottom of the second. Oklahoma State took a 1-0 lead into the third inning.

With Aaron Cornell on second base Tanner Krietemeier hit a nice shot to the left field track in the bottom of the third inning. The Broncs’ Michael Baca was there to make a tough play on the move to get the out and end the inning 1-0 in OSU’s favor. Baca was shook up on the paly but did walk off of the field.

In the top of the fourth, Jesus Garcia got on base by being walked. Garcia was hit home by Victor Garcia Jr. who got a hit to right field. Perrin on the mound for the Cowboys got out of a jam with runners at the corners later in the inning with a strikeout on Andy Fortuna, who was inserted for the injured Baca. Texas-Pan American tied the game 1-1 going into the bottom of the fourth.

The Cowboys had Fish and Green at second and third with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning and Rojas at bat. Rojas hit a grounder to the pitcher and Fish was headed home but would have been out and was forced back to third. Green went to third base and was called out when Fish hit the bag for having two players on third base. Fish stepped off of the bag thinking he had been called out and was then tagged for a strange double-play to get Texas-Pan American out of a jam and take a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning.

Texas-Pan American’s Alex Howe knocked in Jacob Huckabay and Evan Mason after hitting a roller through second base to take a 3-1 lead over the Cowboys midway through five innings.

Game one of the double-header was decided early.

Texas-Pan American came out swinging early with a run apiece in the first two innings. The Cowboys were held scoreless in the first three innings.

The Broncs scored their third and final run of the first game in the top of the fourth inning.

Oklahoma State dug a hole and was unable to get out of it. The Cowboys scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

OSU was only able to muster up one run in the first game of the series and fell 3-1.

“We came out a little flat in the first game,” Fish said. “Their pitcher threw well all day. We just didn’t make any adjustments.”

The Cowboys left 11 runners on base while the Broncs left just five.

The Broncs’ Sam Street pitched 8.2 innings. Street allowed eight hits and earned four strikeouts. Matthew Harrell threw 0.1 and got the save.

Oklahoma State’s Tyler Nurdin took the loss after pitching four innings and giving up three hits and three runs. Nurdin struck just one Bronc out. Vince Wheeland threw the final five innings and gave up three hits and struck out five.

The Cowboys will finish off the three-game series against Texas-Pan American at noon Saturday.

“There’s nothing you can do but wake up tomorrow excited about a chance to win a series,” Holliday said.

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