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April 6, 2012

Womack's single completes Oklahoma State's rally

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally past Kansas 7-6 in their Big 12 home opener Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Jared Womack’s walk-off single with the bases loaded pushed across the Pokes’ winning run.

“It was a pretty good feeling,” Womack said. “We came together as a team, and we found a way to win. It was just a special experience.”

The Cowboys (15-14, 2-5 in Big 12) snapped a five-game conference losing streak.

Kansas (12-17, 2-5 in Big 12) got to Oklahoma State starter Andrew Heaney early, chasing the 6-foot-3-inch left-hander from the mound after five innings. Heaney gave up five runs on five hits and four walks while earning a no decision.

“This was a big win for us,” Heaney said. “We kind of scuffled in the Big 12 the last few games, but if we take care of business we should be fine. At times it has just felt like we were playing against more than our opponent, but this win should help us with our confidence.”

Blake Barnes (2-3) picked up the win, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks in four innings of relief.

“Barnes has been like that all year for us,” Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson said. “Whenever we needed a stop, we knew we could count on him to come in and do the job. He hit his spots well and did a nice job of keeping them off the board to allow us to get back in the game.”

Oklahoma State also got a big offensive night from center fielder Jarrett Higgins, whose triple with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth started the Cowboy comeback, closing the gap to 5-4 after five innings.

“We put up a four spot in the fifth, and I thought that was huge,” Anderson said. “I don’t want to say that we’ve been snakebit, but it gave us life and the players never quit competing.”

After Hunter Bailey drove in two runs with an RBI double to start the top of the ninth, Womack ended the game by nearly taking out Bailey at second with a line drive, scoring pinch runner Aaron Cornell.

“I just tried to stay in the moment and see the ball early,” Womack said. “I was able to get a good swing on it and drive it back through the box.”

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