LOS ANGELES – Oklahoma State came up short against No. 2 UCLA on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium as the Bruins bested the Cowboys by a 6-3 margin on the second day of the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.
With the loss, OSU fell to 8-5 on the season while UCLA improved to 10-3.
Offensively, Trevor Boone led the Pokes with a 3-for-4 day that included his first home run of the season, while Hueston Morrill added a pair of hits in five at-bats.
Jake Lyons took the loss on the mound as the junior fell to 1-2. The right-hander came on in relief of starter Jensen Elliott in the fifth and worked the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out four.
The Bruins plated a pair of runs on four hits and four walks against Elliott, who lasted 4 1/3 innings.
OSU took an early lead in its first at bat when Colin Simpson delivered a two-out RBI single, but UCLA answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-out rally of its own when Jake Pries followed a triple by Chase Strumpf with an RBI single of his own to make the score 1-1.
The Cowboys quickly went back on top in the second when Boone blasted a solo homer over the left-field wall.
OSU used a pair of defensive gems over the next two innings to help maintain its lead.
In the third, the Bruins loaded the bases with one out, but OSU turned in a sparkling double play as Elliott fielded a short tapper in front of the plate and flipped the ball out of his glove to catcher Bryce Carter, who then fired to first to complete the twin killing and end the threat.
After OSU extended its lead to 3-1 in the fourth on an RBI by Cade Cabbiness, the Cowboys turned another impressive double play to remain on top.
With UCLA again loading the bases, this time with no outs, Elliott got a strikeout for the first out before inducing a fly ball to right field off the bat of Noah Cardenas. Cabbiness made the catch then fired a perfect strike home to nail Michael Toglia at the plate and collect his third outfield assist of the season.
The Cowboys could not hold the lead, however, as UCLA struck for a pair of runs off Lyons in both the fifth and sixth innings, knotting the score at 3-3 on Toglia’s two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth and going on top for good in the sixth on RBI hits by Jarron Silva and Garrett Mitchell.
After leaving a pair of runners stranded in both the sixth and seventh innings, OSU was retired in order over the final two frames.
OSU concludes tourney play Sunday when the Cowboys take on No. 16 Michigan at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.