March 12, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State jumped out to a big lead early and cruised to an 11-3 win over Pacific Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The 24th-ranked Cowboys collected 14 hits in the contest as they improved to 13-3, which includes an 11-2 mark on their home field.
Five different Cowboys recorded two hits on the night, while the duo of Gage Green and Donnie Walton turned in career-best RBI performances.
“Donnie (Walton) had a great night, some really good at-bats and a couple of big base hits, and Gage Green is a great competitor who gave us a good night,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “Our guys we’ve been relying on heavily didn’t have a lot of production tonight, but the other guys did. That’s what a good team should do — find different ways to generate runs from different spots in the order.”
OSU tallied eight runs on 11 hits in the first three innings to take command, but for the eighth time this season, the Cowboys were winners of a game in which they trailed.
They didn’t face that deficit long, however.
Pacific (5-10) plated a run off Jon Perrin in the first inning, but the Cowboys quickly tied the score in the bottom of the frame on Zach Fish’s RBI double. That hit extended Fish’s hitting streak to nine games, which ties him with Tanner Krietemeier — who also extended his streak to nine on Tuesday — for the longest by an OSU player this season.
The Tigers went back on top with a run in the second, but OSU regained the lead for good with a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
Robbie Rea jump started the rally with a leadoff single, and Trey Whaley followed with a double. Up next, Walton delivered the first of his two RBIs on the night with a single up the middle, and Green followed that with an two-RBI triple to center field. Fish provided the final RBI with a single that made the score 5-2.
OSU added three more runs in the third, the big blow coming on a two-out, two-RBI double off the bat of Aaron Cornell.
Leading 8-3, the Cowboys put the game away with another three spot in the eighth as Green blasted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to right, and Rick Stover produced his first-career hit and RBI on a two-out, pinch-hit double.
Vince Wheeland earned the win in relief of Perrin as the junior right-hander worked 3.1 innings and allowed just one run on two hits to improve to 3-0.
OSU returns to action Friday when they open a four-game series with Iona at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The opener is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.