March 6, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Oklahoma State dropped its third-straight game Tuesday at Hammons Field as Missouri State handed the Cowboys a 5-2 loss.
With the setback, the Cowboys fell to 6-7 on the season. It is the second time in six days that OSU has lost to the Bears, and MSU has now won the last five meetings between the two schools.
The win marked the fifth in a row for Missouri State, who improved to 10-3 on the year. Right-hander Clay Murphy beat the Cowboys for the second time this season, improving to 2-0 with a complete game performance that saw him strike out eight.
Blake Barnes suffered the loss for the Cowboys. The senior righty tied career highs with 6.2 innings pitched and six strikeouts but also surrendered a career-high five runs and fell to 1-2 on the season.
OSU mounted a pair of late inning rallies that fell short. Trailing by three, the Cowboys left the bases loaded in the eighth and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but were unable to score.
Missouri State took an early lead in the second. Brock Chaffin led off the inning with a double, and Trey Massenberg followed by blasting a two-run home run over the wall in right field.
The Cowboys would use a long ball of their own to trim the deficit in their next at bat when Jared Womack delivered his second homer of the season, a solo shot, in the top of the third to make the score 2-1.
In the fourth, OSU's Zach Fish continued his hot hitting with a leadoff triple off the wall in center field, and Robbie Rea followed with an RBI single to tie the score at 2-2. Fish's hit extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest by a Cowboy this season.
MSU regained the lead in the for good in the fifth as three-straight hits plated the go-ahead run, which came on an RBI double off the bat of Brent Seifert that a diving Fish was unable to catch in right field. The first out of the inning came on a sacrifice fly as Spiker Helms slid safely into home just before the throw of OSU center fielder Jarrett Higgins to give the Bears a 4-2 advantage.
The Bears added their final run on an RBI single by Chaffin in the bottom of the seventh.
OSU returns to action Friday when the Cowboys open a three-game series with Alabama A&M at Reynolds Stadium. The opener is set for a 6:30 p.m. start.