March 17, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State completed a four-game series sweep of Iona with a 12-0 run-rule win in seven innings Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The 24th-ranked Cowboys outscored Iona 43-1 in the series as they improved to 17-3 on the season. OSU will host Southeastern Wednesday before opening Big 12 Conference play this weekend against Baylor in Stillwater.
In Sunday’s series finale, OSU racked up 16 hits, with Zach Fish and Tanner Krietemeier continuing to lead the way. That duo both extended their team-high hitting streaks to 13 games, and each collected two RBIs.
Also having a big day at the plate was shortstop Craig McConaughy, who earned his second-career start and responded with a 3-for-3 performance.
“It was a four-game weekend where you swing the bat well, play tremendous defense and get good pitching,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “We have some guys that continue to square the ball up. Our lineup can be difficult to pitch to when guys are getting on base in front of Tanner (Krietemeier), Zach (Fish), Victor (Romero), Randy (McCurry), Robbie (Rea) — that’s a nice stretch of run producers in the middle of the lineup.
“A lot of good things. You build on those things and look at each game and decide where you’ve got to get better.”
OSU’s offensive onslaught allowed freshman Alex Hackerott to earn his first collegiate win. The southpaw was one of four Cowboy hurlers on the day and worked two scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
The Cowboys took an early 1-0 lead on Krietemeier’s RBI single in the bottom of the first, then put together a couple of four-run rallies in the middle innings to put the game away.
In the third, Romero and McConaughy collected RBI singles, and Daonnie Walton added an RBI groundout to push OSU’s lead to 5-0. The Cowboys tallied four more runs in the fourth, the big blow coming on a two-run home run by Fish, his fourth round tripper of the season to tie him with Romero for the team lead.