March 18, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Brad Propst and Chris Marlowe silenced the Kansas bats, and Oklahoma State scored all the runs it needed early as the Cowboys opened Big 12 Conference play with a 3-1 win over the Jayhawks Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
The win was the first by OSU to open league play since it won its 2008 Big 12 opener at Baylor. With the victory, the Cowboys improved to 14-3 on the season.
Pitching on his 22nd birthday, Propst picked up the win to improve to 3-1 on the year, while Marlowe struck out the side in the ninth for his team-leading third save.
OSU tagged Kansas starter T.J. Walz (2-3) for three runs in the decisive third frame. Zach Johnson got things started with a one-out double down the left field line, a hit that also extended his hitting streak to 16 games, and Dane Phillips followed with an RBI single to right-center field.
The Cowboys weren't done, this time rallying with two outs. After a single by Jared Womack put runners on first and second, Mark Ginther delivered a two-RBI double into the left-center field gap to push OSU's lead to 3-0.
KU (7-10) trimmed its deficit with its lone run in the bottom of the inning. Zac Elgie led off with a double off the wall in left field, and then advanced on two groundouts, scoring on an RBI groundout by Kaiana Eldredge.
The Jayhawks mustered little against Propst over the next five innings. The senior right hander allowed just six hits in eight innings of work while striking out three and issuing one walk.
One of KU's six hits came to open the bottom of the ninth, a single off the bat of Jake Marasco that ended Propst's day on the mound.
Marlowe came out of the bullpen, and after hitting the first batter he faced to bring the winning run to the plate, the junior righty proceeded to strike out the next three Jayhawks to seal the win for OSU.
The Cowboys finished with 10 hits in the contest, with Johnson, Womack and Devin Shines all collecting three hits apiece.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 1 p.m.