Trey Whaley had four hits in Friday's win.
March 16, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State got another strong pitching performance from Andrew Heaney en route to its sixth-straight win as the Cowboys knocked off Houston, 14-0, in Friday night’s series opener at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the win, OSU improved to 12-7 overall, which includes an 11-1 mark on their home field, while Houston fell to 7-10.
Heaney, who leads the NCAA in strikeouts, continued to dominate opposing hitters as he tossed his second consecutive complete game shutout and improved to 4-1 on the season. The junior southpaw allowed just three hits and struck out eight and did not issue a walk.
On the heels of a complete game 2-0 win in his last start against Alabama A&M, Heaney became the first Cowboy pitcher to record back-to-back shutouts since Matt Smith did it during the 1998 season. He is also the first OSU hurler to turn in two-straight complete games since Tyler Lyons pulled off the feat in 2008.
Heaney got plenty of offensive support from the Cowboys’ lineup as OSU scored a season-high 14 runs. Five different Pokes had two RBIs in the contest, while four players finished with at least two hits.
Leading the way for the offense was junior Trey Whaley, who collected a career-best four hits in five at bats while driving in a pair of runs and scoring three times. Jarrett Higgins, Jared Womack, Mark Ginther and Hunter Bailey each also had two RBIs.
OSU took an early 1-0 lead in its first at bat when Higgins scored on a double play groundout.
The next three innings didn’t produce a run, but the Cowboys rallied for a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth frames.
In the fifth, Womack drove in OSU’s second run with a double, and an RBI single by Ginther made it 3-0. The following inning saw Higgins provide both Cowboy runs as his two-RBI double gave the home team a five-run advantage and drove UH starter Jared Ray from the game.
The OSU offense really exploded in the eighth as the Cowboys sent 12 batters to the plate and rallied for nine runs on seven hits. Whaley and Bailey both had two-RBI singles, while Womack, Ginther, Gabe Weidenaar, Robbie Rea and Gage Green also collected RBIs.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 2 p.m.