STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State suffered its second consecutive loss Tuesday night as the 18th-ranked Cowboys dropped an 11-3 contest to Central Arkansas at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Seven different OSU pitchers combined to surrender a season-high 19 hits, while the Cowboy offense managed just four as coach Josh Holliday’s club fell to 19-5 on the season.
“We got beat by a good team. We just didn’t play well, and they did,” Holliday said. “We made some mistakes, and they capitalized on them. Sometimes it’s a pretty simple formula… We did not do the things we’ve been accustomed to doing, and they made us pay.”
OSU fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first but responded in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Three-straight singles by Aaron Cornell, Robbie Rea and Tanner Krietemeier loaded the bases with no outs, and a walk to Zach Fish tied the score. The Cowboys plated their second run on a double play, but that would be all they could manage as Randy McCurry flied out to end what could have been a much bigger inning.
“That was an opportunity that we let slip out of our hands that changed the momentum early,” Holliday said. “That could have been a big shift in momentum had we stayed with that inning and done more with it. We had the bases loaded and nobody out, and two runs is not the return that we’re looking for in that situation.”
The Bears (19-6) seized momentum in the second inning, scoring three runs on three hits and taking advantage of an error by Cornell in center field to go up 4-2.
OSU’s final run came in the third. Cornell, who was 2-for-3 in the contest, once again led off the inning with a single. After a sacrifice bunt, Cornell stole third and came home on a sacrifice fly by Krietemeier to make the score 4-3.
But that was as close as it would get as UCA scored in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings to cruise to the win. Forrest Allday and Scott Zimmerle lead the Bears with four hits apiece, while Blake Marchal delivered five RBIs on the night.
The Cowboys could get nothing going offensively against UCA’s Clint Green, who relieved starter Zach Barr in the second inning and worked seven innings, allowing just one run on one hit to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Kenton Bevacqua suffered the loss for the Cowboys as the southpaw allowed four runs on five hits in only 1.1 innings to fall to 1-2.
OSU returns to Big 12 Conference action Thursday when they open a three-game series against Texas at 6:36 p.m. at Reynolds Stadium.