March 23, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Zach Johnson’s two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Oklahoma State to a 4-2 win over Washington Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Johnson’s blast, which carried just over the top of the left field wall and was his second of the contest, helped the Cowboys improve to 16-5 on the season heading into this weekend’s showdown against No. 4 Texas.
Randy McCurry picked up his first win since the 2009 season as the sophomore worked the final inning in relief to improve to 1-0 on the year. Gabe Weidenaar and Chris Marlowe also kept UW off the scoreboard in relief of OSU starter Andrew Heck.
With the game tied 2-2, Dane Phillips led off the decisive inning with an infield single, and Johnson followed by depositing the first pitch he saw from Jacob Clem over the wall to set off the Cowboy celebration.
The home run capped a 2-for-5, three-RBI night for Johnson, while Phillips was 3-for-5 and drove in OSU’s other run.
OSU took the game’s first lead in the third. Devin Shines led off the frame with a double and later scored on a triple by Phillips.
Washington (4-14) scored its lone runs of the game to take the lead in the fifth as Ty Afenir delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to give the Huskies a 2-1 advantage.
That lead held until the sixth, when Johnson blasted his first homer of the contest, a solo shot that tied the game at 2-2.
Neither team scored over the next four frames, and OSU came up with a huge defensive play in the 10th to keep UW off the scoreboard.
With one out and pinch runner Will Sparks on second, Ryan Wiggins sent a grounder up the middle. OSU shortstop Hunter Bailey ranged to his left and threw out Wiggins at first as Sparks rounded third and sprinted for home. But Johnson fired home to Phillips, who tagged out Sparks to end the inning and keep the Huskies off the scoreboard.
OSU opens its three-game set against Texas Friday at 6:30 p.m.