March 8, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. - Tanner Krietemeier's solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted 26th-ranked Oklahoma State to a 2-1 win over Loyola Marymount Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
For the Cowboys, Friday's thriller marked their second-straight walk-off win in extra innings as they improved to 11-2 on the season. OSU is also now 3-0 in extra-inning games and 9-1 on its home field.
"We pitched great and played great defense, their pitcher was outstanding and they played great defense -- it was an outstanding baseball game, said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. "In the end, Tanner Krietemeier came up with the game on the line and had the courage to stay within himself and hit an opposite-field home run, which is extremely hard to do.
"I'm very proud of our team. Back-to-back walk-off wins in extra innings is a statement of their character and a statement of their confidence. It's something that certainly adds to our bank account when we reflect on the game and look in the mirror and decide how good a team we can be. We're learning how to win."
In what was a pitchers' duel throughout, the Cowboys collected seven hits, none of them bigger than Krietemeier's blast in the 10th. The round tripper came on the first pitch the junior saw from Bret Dahlson as he deposited a fastball over the wall in left field.
"This was actually my first (walk-off home run)," said Krietemeier, whose walk-off homer marked the first for the Cowboys since 2011. "It's amazing. Just glad I could help out the team and glad we ended up with a win."
Along with Krietemeier's heroics, OSU produced a pair of outstanding pitching performances to propel it to the win.
Starter Jason Hursh had a career game as the sophomore right-hander allowed just one run on two hits in eight innings and racked up a career-high seven strikeouts.
Despite the stellar outing, Hursh did not factor in the decision as Brendan McCurry did not allow a hit and hurled two scoreless innings to improve to 2-0 on the year.
"Jason had a great start, pitched extremely well, and Brendan (McCurry) was really sharp for us," Holliday said. "We got fabulous pitching."
LMU (5-9) was strong on the mound as well with starter Colin Welmon allowing just one run on five hits.
The Cowboys would take the game's first lead in the fourth on an unearned run. With two outs, a throwing error by LMU shortstop David Edwards allowed Zach Fish to reach first safely, and the hot-hitting Victor Romero made the Lions pay by delivering a double into the right-center field gap to make the score 1-0.
The one-run lead held until the eighth. Edwards led off the inning with a single, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before taking third on a wild pitch. He would plate the tying run on an RBI groundout by Brice Savage for the Lions' only score.
OSU nearly regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with two outs before Robbie Rea struck out to end the threat.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 3 p.m.