STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State used a pair of strong performances out of its starting pitchers to propel it to a doubleheader sweep of Alcorn State Tuesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the Cowboys claimed an 11-3 win in their 2013 home opener before an 8-1 triumph in the nightcap.
In the opener, sophomore Jon Perrin earned his first-career win as he worked 6.1 innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out five. Senior Kenton Bevacqua followed suit in game two with identical numbers for his first win of the season to help OSU improve to 4-1.
“What we did tonight was pitch good,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “Both Jon Perrin and Kenton Bevacqua pitched really well; we got two great starts, and that was big for us because we came off a week where our starts Saturday and Sunday weren’t exactly what we were hoping for. So to get two great starts was a step in the right direction. And we got good relief pitching. The pitching was a bright spot, no doubt about it.”
Junior Tanner Krietemeier continued his hot hitting as the reigning Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week was 5-for-9 with four RBIs in the two games.
Asked for the key to his hot start to the season, Krietemeier, who is hitting a team high .550, replied, “All the work that we do. Getting in the (batting) cages, all the repetitions that we get, working with Josh (Holliday) and (Rob) Walton – they know what they’re talking about and it’s always good to have someone like that behind you to push you in the right direction.”
OSU got its offense started early in game one, as they took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The big blow in the frame came on a bases-loaded triple by Robbie Rea.
That was plenty of cushion for Perrin, who held the Braves scoreless over the first six innings before ASU (0-6) managed a pair of runs in the seventh by taking advantage of three errors by the Cowboys.
But those runs only cut OSU’s lead to 8-2, and the Cowboys added three more runs in the sixth, getting a two-RBI single from Aaron Cornell and an RBI from Krietemeier.
Perrin was relieved by Kyle Gehrs, who finished the game on the mound and was dominant in 2.2 innings of work as he racked up six strikeouts.
In game two, OSU fell behind after an RBI groundout by Alvin Jackson in the fourth inning, but the Cowboys rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame on RBIs by Krietemeier and Victor Romero to grab a 2-1 lead they would never surrender.
OSU’s lead was just 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, but Trey Whaley and the Cowboys put the game away in that inning. With two outs, Whaley would pinch hit for Romero and blast his first home run of the season, a three-run shot over the wall in left field to put the home team up by a 7-1 margin.
The Cowboys return to action Friday at 4 p.m. when they open a three-game series against NJIT at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.