STILLWATER, Okla. – Devin Shines’ two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Oklahoma State to a dramatic 3-2 win over New Mexico Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Shines drove in all three Cowboy runs in the contest as OSU won its fourth-straight game to improve to 10-3 on the season.
OSU trailed throughout the game, but in the ninth, back-to-back singles by Jared Womack and Mark Ginther brought Shines to the plate, where he ripped a double to left field on the first pitch he saw from Austin House to bring home both runners and set off a Cowboy celebration.
The game was a pitcher’s duel throughout between OSU’s Brad Propst and the Lobos’ Gera Sanchez as the right-handers allowed just one earned run between them.
UNM (3-11) got both its runs in the fourth inning. John Twichell led off the frame with a weak grounder towards Propst, who fielded the ball and fired to first, where Zach Johnson was unable to make the catch for the first of two costly errors by the Cowboys.
After DJ Peterson flied out, Quay Grant doubled down the left-field line to put Lobos on second and third with one out. Propst got the second out of the inning on a groundout, but up next, Jacob Nelson singled to left field. Twichell cruised in with the first run of the game, and a throwing error by Shines on the play allowed Grant to give New Mexico a 2-0 lead.
Sanchez kept OSU off the scoreboard until the fifth as Shines atoned for his error with an RBI single up the middle to score Ginther, who had tripled, and cut the Cowboys’ deficit to one run.
The Cowboys left runners stranded on the bases in the sixth and seventh innings and then in the eighth, they had runners on first and second with only one out against House before Luis Uribe grounded into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
After Propst worked 8.2 innings and threw 134 pitches, Blake Barnes came out of the Cowboy bullpen to get the final out in top of the ninth. Barnes’ effort notched the junior his second win of the season as he improved to 2-0.
Shines finished the contest 3-for-4, while Ginther and Dane Phillips each collected two hits. Phillips increased his hitting streak to 15 games with the effort.
OSU returns to action against the Lobos Saturday at 2 p.m.