Feb. 24, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State won its fifth-straight game Sunday by completing a series sweep of the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a 5-2 win at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Brendan McCurry’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 tie, and Randy McCurry notched his first save of the season by keeping the Highlanders off the scoreboard over the final three innings as the Cowboys improved to 7-1 on the season.
“I’m pleased with the way we found a way to win, pleased with the energy the kids brought to the field today – they came very energized and ready to compete,” Holliday said. “Brendan McCurry had a big swing of the bat. Anytime you get a two-strike, two-run homer out of your nine hole to give you a lead, that’s a big thing.”
OSU took an early lead in the second inning off NJIT starter Mark Leiter, Jr. (0-2). After a double by Robbie Rea put runners on second and third, Gage Green delivered an RBI groundout to put the Cowboys up, 1-0.
The Pokes doubled their lead in the fourth when Zach Fish, who led off the inning with a single, scored on a passed ball.
The 2-0 lead did not last, however.
In his first-career appearance for the Cowboys, Tyler Nurdin worked four innings and held the Highlanders scoreless on four hits while striking out five.
But with a recent injury limiting Nurdin’s pitch count, OSU went to the bullpen in the fifth and called on Kenton Bevacqua. After retiring the first batter he faced, the senior southpaw surrendered consecutive singles. Jon Perrin came on in relief and quickly recorded the second out, but a two-RBI double by Jake Stern tied the score before the Cowboys could get out of the inning.
That score held until the sixth. Rea led off the inning with a double, and after a sacrifice bunt, Brendan McCurry stepped to the plate and blasted his first-career home run over the wall in left field to give the Cowboys a 4-2 advantage.
The Cowboys added an insurance run on an RBI walk by Jarrett Higgins in the seventh, which was more than enough for Randy McCurry.
In picking up his 12th-career save, which ranks fourth on OSU’s all-time list, Randy McCurry held NJIT without a hit over the final three innings while recording three strikeouts.
OSU finished the contest with 10 hits, three of those by Rea, whose 3-for-3 day raised his batting average over the .400 mark.
“Robbie (Rea) had some good at bats – that’s back-to-back-to-back days where he’s really had good at bats,” Holliday said. “He’s quietly stabilized our order. We’ve got him hiding in the seven hole because we want some RBIs there. When we get the four, five and six guys on base, somebody has to knock those guys in, and he has a chance to drive in a bunch of runs for us.”
OSU is scheduled to return to action Tuesday when the Cowboys host Arkansas-Little Rock at 4 p.m. at Reynolds Stadium.