March 16, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State continued its winning ways Saturday as the 24th-ranked Cowboys swept a doubleheader against Iona at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Pokes picked up a 16-0 run-rule victory in the opener before claiming a 6-1 triumph in the nightcap.
With the wins, OSU improved to 16-3 and has won each of its five weekend series this season.
The Cowboys cruised to a win in Saturday’s opener, scoring seven runs over the first three innings and then putting the game away in the fourth with a nine-run rally in which they sent 14 hitters to the plate and collected six hits.
Tanner Krietemeier and Zach Fish did the majority of the damage at the plate in the first contest, a game in which the Cowboys racked up 16 hits, as each went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Victor Romero added three RBIs in the blowout.
With plenty of offense behind him, junior Mark Robinette picked up his first-career win. The righty worked six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five.
“(Robinette) came out really aggressive, and you could see that in his demeanor today,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “He attacked them with his fastball-slider combination. We were really good offensively and jumped on them early. That gave him a lot of breathing room and aided in his aggression and allowed him to attack with strike one. It was a really positive outing.”
A win in Saturday’s nightcap would not come as easily for the Pokes.
In the top of the first, Iona plated its first run of the series on an RBI single by Matt Kriss to give the Gaels a 1-0 lead against OSU starter Randy McCurry.
That lead would hold until the sixth as Iona starter Steve Basile blanked the Cowboys through the first five innings.
But Fish led off the sixth with a single, a hit that knocked Basile from the game, and Romero followed with another single to put runners on the corners with no outs.
Up next, McCurry delivered a sacrifice fly that tied the score at 1-1, and after a passed ball, Robbie Rea gave OSU the lead with an RBI groundout. Donnie Walton then made it 3-1 with an RBI double, one of his three hits in the contest.
Armed with a lead, junior Vince Wheeland continued his dominance in relief on the mound. The right-hander worked four scoreless frames in relief of McCurry and struck out five to earn his team-leading fourth win of the season.
OSU added three insurance runs in the eighth, getting RBI hits from Krietemeier and Fish, to propel it to the win.
“When we got into their bullpen, we were able to get a couple nice innings and pull out six runs,” Holliday said. “We were a little late getting started, but on a long day like today for our guys to stay with it and eventually break it open is a credit to our mental toughness.”
The two teams conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.