OSU is now 2-1 in extra-inning games this season.
March 25, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State suffered a loss in its longest game in six years as the Cowboys dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to No. 4 Texas in 15 innings Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
UT’s Mark Payton stole home with two outs in the top of the 15th inning for the game’s lone run as OSU dropped to 1-3 in Big 12 Conference play and 16-6 overall. The Longhorns improved to 17-5 and remained perfect in four league games.
The 15-inning affair marked OSU’s longest game since the Cowboys were a 6-2 winner over Missouri in 15 innings on April 15, 2005. The Pokes are now 2-1 in extra-inning games this season.
The Cowboys’ inability to score spoiled a pair of superb pitching performances by Mike Strong and Chris Marlowe.
Strong started on the mound for OSU and worked 8.1 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while recording nine strikeouts and only two walks.
Despite suffering the loss, Marlowe may have been even better. The junior right-hander racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts and surrendered just two hits in 6.1 innings of relief.
In the decisive inning, however, one of Marlowe’s five walks proved costly.
It was Payton who drew that base on balls and was then sacrificed to second on a bunt by Erich Weiss. Payton advanced to third on a groundout, and then, on a 1-0 pitch, took off for home. Marlowe’s pitch got past OSU catcher Jared Womack, and Payton was able to cross the plate safely with what proved to be the winning run.
OSU had its opportunities in the contest as the Cowboys left 10 runners stranded on the base paths.
The Cowboys’ best chance came in the bottom of the 14th. Dane Phillips led off the frame with a single, and a walk to Zach Johnson put runners on first and second with no outs. After a perfect sacrifice bunt by Jared Womack moved the runners up, Davis Duren was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.
But OSU could not come through, as Mark Ginther popped out before a lineout by Saulyer Saxon ended the threat.
The Cowboys also left multiple runners on early, loading the bases with one out in the third before Johnson grounded into a double play when UT starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann snagged Johnson’s sharp grounder up the middle to begin the play that got the Longhorns out of the inning.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 2 p.m.