STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State used a four-run rally in the seventh inning to push its winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 triumph over Central Arkansas Tuesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the win, the Cowboys improved to 13-3 heading into Friday’s Big 12 Conference opener at Kansas. UCA fell to 8-9 with the loss.
Zach Johnson’s sacrifice fly plated the go-ahead run in the seventh, and Chris Marlowe slammed the door on the Bears over the final two innings to collect his second save of the season.
UCA took an early lead in the contest. Ethan Harris led off the game with a double, and after advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, he scored on an RBI groundout by Jonathan Houston.
The score remained 1-0 until the sixth inning as a trio of Bear pitchers kept OSU off the scoreboard.
But in the sixth, OSU was finally able to scratch across the tying run. After a two-out walk to Luis Uribe put Cowboys on first and second, Jared Womack stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI single to knot the score at 1-1.
The Bears quickly regained the lead, however, as they struck for a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh. Michael Pair reached on catcher’s interference to open the inning, and following a flyout, a walk and another flyout, Kyle Prevett delivered a two-out RBI single to bring home the go-ahead run for the Bears. UCA tacked on another run on the play when Uribe’s throw from right field to the cutoff man sailed high for an error and made the score 3-1.
OSU was able to erase that deficit in the bottom of the frame and regain the lead for good. After three-straight walks loaded the bases with one out, Davis Duren doubled to left-center field to plate two runs and tie the score at 3-3.
Up next, Johnson’s sacrifice fly brought home OSU’s fourth run, and Dane Phillips followed that with an RBI triple to give the Cowboys a 5-3 advantage.
UCA brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the eighth after the only hit off Marlowe, but the Cowboys’ junior right-hander retired the next two batters and set the Bears down in order in the ninth to seal the win.
Blake Barnes picked up the win in relief of starter Randy McCurry, who allowed just one run in 4.1 innings. Barnes improved to 3-0 with 2.2 innings of relief in which he did not allow an earned run.