March 9, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. - Andrew Heaney had a career day on the mound to lift Oklahoma State to a 2-0 win in its series opener against Alabama A&M Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
A junior southpaw, Heaney tossed the first complete game of his career and set a career high by racking up 13 strikeouts. He allowed just three hits and did not issue a walk, and he needed just 98 pitches for the shutout as he improved to 3-1 on the season.
With the win, OSU snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 7-7 on the season, while AAMU fell to 5-10 with its fifth-straight loss.
The Cowboys got the only run they would need in the first inning. Jarrett Higgins led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a fly out. Zach Fish then extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single to give OSU a 1-0 lead.
The only other run in the contest came in the third when Higgins, who once again singled and stole second before advancing to third on a single, came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Mark Ginther.
That was plenty of support for Heaney, who recorded at least one strikeout in every inning and retired the Bulldogs in order five times, including the ninth inning, to secure the shutout.
Heaney entered the game tied for third in the NCAA this season with 31 strikeouts and now has 44 in four starts. He has reached double digits in strikeouts in three of those games and had nine in the other.
Offensively, Victor Romero's 3-for-3 day led the Cowboys, while Higgins had a pair of hits in two trips to the plate.
AAMU starter Josh Freeman also turned in complete game performance but fell to 2-2 on the season. He struck out two and allowed seven hits.
The two teams will conclude their series with a doubleheader Saturday at Reynolds Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.