Feb. 20, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State completed a three-game sweep of Bryant with an 8-1 win in the series finale Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Zach Johnson led the Cowboys at the plate with a four-RBI day, while Jason Hursh picked up a win in the first start of his collegiate career as OSU opened the season 3-0.
The Cowboys struck first with three runs in the third inning. Gabe Weidenaar led off the frame with a single and after a fly out and a walk, Johnson stepped to the plate and crushed a Brian O’Neil offering over the wall in left-center field.
OSU added runs in each of the next three innings. A Weidenaar sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 4-0, and in the fifth Johnson scored on a balk to give the Cowboys a five-run cushion. In the sixth, it was Mark Ginther going deep as he blasted a solo homer to open the bottom of the inning.
After being held scoreless over the first 25.1 innings of the series, the Bulldogs managed their lone run in the eighth on a solo home run by Kevin Brown off OSU reliever Blake Barnes.
Hursh, a freshman right hander who was a sixth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates last June, worked six scoreless innings and allowed just five hits for the win.
Ginther and Weidenaar each finished the game with two hits as Weidenaar, a transfer from the College of Southern Nevada, started his OSU career by going 7-for-10 in his first three games in a Cowboy uniform.
OSU returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Dallas Baptist at 4 p.m. The Cowboys will also be in action at Reynolds Stadium this weekend with a three-game set against Cal Poly.