STILLWATER, Okla. – The middle of the Oklahoma State lineup carried the Cowboys to their seventh-straight win Saturday as OSU topped UC Davis, 10-4, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
At 9-1, OSU is off to its best start since 2009 when the Cowboys also won nine of their first 10 games.
The Cowboys’ 4-5-6 hitters – Tanner Krietemeier, Zach Fish and Victor Romero – torched UCD pitching in Saturday’s win as that trio combined to drive in all 10 of OSU’s runs and collect eight hits of its 16 hits. Fish and Krietemeier each had three hits, while Fish tied a career high with four RBIs.
“The story of today was the offensive outburst early – those guys swung the bats extremely well and took control of the game on the offensive side,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “Their pitcher made mistakes early in the game, and our hitters were right on it. We didn’t give him a chance to get settled in; we made him uncomfortable in the first inning and got some big swings.”
“When the middle of your order is producing like that and the guys in the front are getting on, you’ve got a chance to have a pretty good day.”
OSU fell behind, 1-0, after the first half inning, but the Cowboys’ offense quickly erased that deficit.
Saulyer Saxon got things started in the bottom of the first with a one-out double, which would be the first of five consecutive hits for the Cowboys off UCD starter Spencer Koopmans. Randy McCurry followed Saxon with a single to put runners on the corners, and up next, Krietemeier delivered an opposite-field double that brought home the tying run.
Fish then stepped to the plate and gave OSU the lead for good as he ripped a double down the left field line to bring home two runs and put the Cowboys up, 3-1. Romero continued the power surge when he crushed a pitch over the right field wall onto Duck Street, his second home run in as many games and his third of the season.
Leading 5-1, the Cowboys added three more runs in the second inning, getting a two-RBI triple from Krietemeier and an RBI single by Romero to go on top by an 8-1 margin.
OSU’s big early lead allowed Phillip Wilson to pick up his first-career win in relief. Wilson came on in the fourth to relieve starter Jon Perrin, and the junior right-hander worked three scoreless innings.
Saxon and McCurry were also among the Cowboys with multiple hits, as they both finished with two, while Gage Green collected a single in the seventh inning to extend his career-long hitting streak to eight games.
The Cowboys will look for their second consecutive weekend series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.