Robbie Rea was 5-for-5 with three homers, two doubles and nine RBIs in Saturday's opener.
March 10, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State swept a doubleheader against Alabama A&M Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the Cowboys opened with a 13-2 win before notching a 5-0 win in the nightcap.
With Saturday’s wins, OSU completed a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs and improved to 9-7 on the season. AAMU fell to 5-12.
Robbie Rea was the star for the Cowboys as he turned in a record performance in the opener. In that contest, the junior tied an OSU record with three home runs, collected nine RBIs to fall one shy of the Cowboys’ single-game record and tied a Big 12 Conference record with 16 total bases. He finished the game 5-for-5, adding a pair of doubles to go along with his three homers.
With his three home runs, Rea became just the 10th Cowboy in history to homer three times in a game, a feat that has been achieved just 13 times in OSU history and hadn’t been done since Tom Belza in 2009. His nine RBIs were just one short of the OSU-record 10 collected by Jason Heath against Kansas State on April 23, 1993 and also fell one shy of the Big 12 record of 10 held by Nebraska’s Craig Moore.
Furthermore, Rea finished with 16 total bases, tying the Big 12 record previously set by Baylor’s Jon Topolski in 1998 against Hardin-Simmons.
Rea’s big day began in the first inning as, with OSU already leading 1-0 thanks to a sacrifice fly by Zach Fish, the Cowboy second baseman delivered a three-RBI double into the gap.
In the third, Rea delivered the first of three consecutive home runs, a solo shot to left field that gave OSU a 6-0 lead.
Rea would homer in both the fifth and sixth innings as well, smashing a two-run blast in the fifth before a three-run bomb in the sixth.
In the eighth, Rea led off for the Cowboys and drilled a pitch deep to left, but he just missed a record-setting fourth round tripper as the ball caromed off the wall for a double.
Along with Rea’s efforts, Fish and Hunter Bailey also had two RBIs apiece in the win.
With plenty of run support, Kyle Ottoson picked up the first win of his OSU career on the mound. The senior southpaw worked seven innings and struck out seven while allowing just one run on three hits.
In the nightcap, OSU got another strong pitching performance as junior right-hander Randy McCurry tossed a career-high eight innings and tied his career best with seven strikeouts. He allowed just two hits and only one walk in improving to 2-1 on the season.
OSU scored three runs in the second, fueled by RBIs from Bailey and Fish, and added runs in the third and fourth.
The highlight of game two was OSU recording its first triple play in 12 years, that coming in the fourth inning.
After Brandyn Crutcher led off the inning with a single and Bradley Black was hit by a pitch, the Bulldogs had runners on first and second. Up next, Julio Nunez sent a line drive between first and second that Cowboy first baseman Wes Jones dove to his right and caught. With both AAMU runners on the move, Jones stepped on first then threw to second to complete the rare triple play, something that OSU had not done since turning three against Iowa State on May 7, 2000.
Fish finished 1-for-3 in the nightcap to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest by a Cowboy this season, while Gabe Weidenaar had three hits in four at-bats.
OSU returns to action Tuesday with the first in a two-game midweek series against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The opener is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.