Stillwater News Press

April 27, 2013

Cowboys sweep doubleheader with Cornhuskers


OMAHA, NEB. —  Oklahoma State pushed its winning streak to four Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park as the 24th-ranked Cowboys swept a doubleheader against Nebraska on the second day of the TD Ameritrade Classic.

OSU needed 10 innings to win the opener by a 5-3 count, and in the nightcap, sophomore southpaw Tyler Nurdin tossed a complete game gem, getting his first-career win in a 4-0 shutout performance.

The Cowboys took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning on back-to-back RBIs by Saulyer Saxon and Donnie Walton, but NU scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh off OSU starter Jason Hursh to take a 3-2 advantage into the eighth.

In the eighth, Robbie Rea came through in the clutch with an RBI single, scoring Tanner Krietemeier, tying the game.

 Walton led off the 10th with an opposite-field double down the line, and after advancing to third on a wild pitch, he scored the go-ahead run on a double by Randy McCurry. Rea scored McCurry on a two-out single.

Brendan McCurry slammed the door on the Huskers to earn the win and improve to 5-2.

In tossing the shutout in the second game, Nurdin needed only 94 pitches, and he allowed just four hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out four as he improved to 1-2 on the year.

The complete game was the third of the season by a Cowboy hurler and only the second that covered nine innings.

OSU’s offense got Nurdin all he needed with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Randy McCurry’s RBI double plated the Cowboys’ first run, and Romero followed with a single to make it 2-0. In the seventh, Rick Stover mashed the first home run of his career, a solo shot that carried into the bullpen in left field, and Krietemeier brought home the final run with a single.

Krietemeier led the OSU offense on the day as he was 5-for-9 against his former team, while Rea added four hits and two RBIs.