March 14, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State won its fifth-straight game Wednesday as the Cowboys earned a 6-4 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The Cowboys scored what proved to be the winning runs in the sixth inning as they improved to 11-7 on the season and won for the 10th time in 11 games on their home field.
Mark Ginther and Wes Jones carried the OSU offense as both were 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Ginther smashed a pair of solo home runs, while Jones drove in his runs with two doubles.
Vince Wheeland earned the first win of his OSU career with three innings of scoreless relief as the sophomore righty allowed just two hits and struck out four. Gabe Weidenaar retired the only batter he faced to end the game and pick up his first save of the year.
UAPB (1-16-1) took an early lead with a run in the second inning against OSU starter Blake Barnes. Sean Samsa tripled with one out, and an RBI groundout by Lucas Fortino gave the Golden Lions a 1-0 advantage.
But the Cowboys erased that deficit in the bottom of the inning as the first of Jones’ RBI doubles tied the game at 1-1 before Robbie Rea scored the go-ahead run on a balk.
OSU fell behind again in the third, with a two-RBI triple by Soloman Williams putting the visitors up by a 3-2 margin, but once again the Cowboys answered.
In the bottom of the third, Zach Fish followed a triple by Jared Womack with a game-tying sacrifice fly, and Ginther followed that with his first homer of the day over the left field wall.
The Cowboys’ lead held until the sixth. Williams led off the top of the inning with a double and advanced to third on a groundout. After Kyle Bagnell replaced Barnes on the mound and got the second out of the inning on a popup, Wheeland came on and gave up a bloop single into shallow center field that tied the score at 4-4.
OSU escaped without further damage and regained the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Ginther led off with another round tripper to left, and three batters later, Jones brought Weidenaar home with the Cowboys’ sixth run.
In the ninth, Wheeland quickly retired the first two batters, but an error and a single put UAPB runners on first and third. The Cowboys called on Weidenaar, who got Sherman Thomas to fly out on the only pitch he threw to end the game.
The Cowboys return to action Friday at 6:30 p.m. when they host Houston in the first of a three-game series at Reynolds Stadium.