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May 14, 2013

Cowboys roll past Shockers

STILLWATER, Okla. —

WICHITA, Kan. – A four-run seventh inning fueled Oklahoma State’s first win in Wichita in four years as the 16th-ranked Cowboys knocked off Wichita State by a 7-2 margin Tuesday night at Eck Stadium.

With the win, which marked OSU’s 17th come-from-behind victory this season, the Cowboys improved to 37-13 on the season. OSU last won on the Shockers’ home field in 2009.

“It couldn’t happen to a bunch of better kids to come bouncing back from Sunday and get a good win,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “This Wichita State rivalry and the history of this series, regardless of what their record is right now or what they’re perceived to be, this is a rivalry game. This is a hard game to win. We’re on the road at their place, and our kids played a nice ballgame.”

Kenton Bevacqua earned the win on the mound for the Cowboys to improve to 2-2 on the year. The southpaw racked up a career-high seven strikeouts and allowed just one run on six hits in 6.1 innings.

“Kenton has quietly held down a very important role for us,” Holliday said. “You need someone to go out and stabilize a game and knock off several outs before you start diving into the bullpen, and he did that. He did a heck of a job.

“For him to go out there and pitch like that tells you all you need to know about Kenton. He’s a competitor, he stays within himself, he’s poised. You’ve got to bring your lunch box when he pitches because the games take a while, but he stays inside himself, makes his pitches and keeps the ball down.”

Offensively, Saulyer Saxon led the OSU attack with a career-high four hits in five at bats and also collected two RBIs, while Randy McCurry also drove in a pair of runs.

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