Feb. 18, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State opened its season with a shutout win for the first time in six years Friday as the Cowboys defeated Bryant, 8-0, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Brad Propst, Josh Neilson and Randy McCurry combined for the shutout on the mound, while Dane Phillips and Luis Uribe led the Cowboys’ offense with three RBIs apiece.
The win marked the first time since a 27-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Feb. 4, 2005, that OSU has recorded a shutout in its season opener. The Cowboys also improved to 27-3 all time in season openers at Reynolds Stadium.
Propst got into trouble in each of the first two innings, but the senior right-hander worked out of jams both times.
Bryant led off the game with back-to-back singles by Joseph Carcone and Jordan English, but Propst struck out Kevin Brown and OSU catcher Jared Womack gunned down Carcone trying to steal third. Jamie Skagerlind then grounded out to end the inning.
In the second, the Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs before Propst recorded one of his five strikeouts to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.
The Cowboys got the scoring started in the fourth. A double by Zach Johnson plated Davis Duren with OSU’s first run, and an infield single by Uribe made the score 2-0.
OSU took command in the fifth inning as they tagged Bryant starter Peter Kelich for five runs, all of them unearned. Andrew Heck scored the first run of the frame on an error before back-to-back, two-RBI hits by Phillips and Uribe put the Cowboys up by seven.
Phillips provided OSU’s final run in the seventh with an RBI single. Phillips was one of four Cowboys, along with Uribe, Mark Ginther and Gabe Weidenaar, to collect two hits in the contest.
Propst worked six innings and allowed six hits, while McCurry made his first appearance since 2009 after missing last season with an elbow injury and worked a scoreless ninth inning.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. with Sunday’s finale set for noon.