STILLWATER, Okla. –Andrew Heaney helped Frank Anderson reach a milestone Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as Oklahoma State picked up a 7-2 win in its series opener against Bowling Green State.
Heaney racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts, and Anderson notched his 300th career win at OSU. The Cowboys’ ninth-year head coach is one of only three coaches in program history to reach that mark, joining Gary Ward (953) and Toby Greene (318).
The win was the third in a row for the Cowboys, who improved to 3-3 on the season. BGSU fell to 0-3.
A junior southpaw, Heaney was dominant against the Falcons, allowing just one run in 7.1 innings. His 12 strikeouts are the most by a Big 12 Conference pitcher this season, and he now leads the league with 22 strikeouts on the year.
Heaney struck out at least two Falcons in five innings, and during one stretch in the fifth and sixth innings, he set down five-straight batters via the strikeout.
BGSU took a brief lead against Heaney in the second. Three consecutive singles put the Falcons up, 1-0, with a perfectly executed hit-and-run with runners on first and second resulting in an RBI single by Brandon Howard.
But the Cowboys answered in the bottom of the second, batting around and rallying for four runs on four hits.
Gage Green brought home OSU’s first run with a game-tying single, and a sacrifice fly by Aaron Cornell made the score 2-1. Up next, Robbie Rea brought Green home with a double into the gap, and an RBI single by Hunter Bailey gave the Cowboys a three-run advantage.
OSU made it 5-1 in the third on a solo home run by Zach Fish, his second of the season, and the Pokes tacked on two more runs in their final at bat on another sac fly by Cornell and by Fish scoring on a wild pitch.
The Falcons briefly made things interesting in the ninth, plating a run on a double by pinch-hitter Alex Davison and then loading the bases with one out. But Vince Wheeland retired the next two BGSU hitters to seal the win for the Cowboys.