March 30, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State won the rubber match of its series with TCU Sunday as the 24th-ranked Cowboys picked up a 9-4 victory at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Sunday’s outcome gave OSU its first Big 12 Conference series win of the season as the Cowboys improved to 3-3 in league play and 19-9 overall.
Eight different Cowboys combined for OSU’s 13 hits in the contest, led by Ryan Sluder’s 3-for-5 effort, and Vince Wheeland earned his first win of the season with five scoreless innings of relief.
“Our team rallied back and won a series against a good team today,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “We got a great relief outing from Vince (Wheeland), we played outstanding defense, we had some timely hits and we had offense up-and-down the lineup.
“You saw numerous players bringing something to the lineup. You can go up and down and really include every kid that gave our offense some depth. It was just a good team effort.”
TCU (15-12, 2-4) took the game’s initial lead as the Horned Frogs scored two runs on four hits against OSU starter Garrett Williams in the top of the first inning.
The Cowboys answered with three runs of their own in the second to go on top. Tanner Krietemeier reached on an error to open the inning, and walks to Robie Rojas and Tim Arakawa loaded the bases with one out. Craig McConaughy brought home OSU’s first run with an RBI infield single, and Gage Green put the Pokes up 3-2 with a two-RBI double into the left-center field gap.
The third inning saw both offenses answer. In the top of the inning, TCU went back on top on Jerrick Suiter’s two-RBI double, but the Cowboys regained the lead in the bottom of the frame. Zach Fish’s RBI single brought home the tying run, and OSU took a 5-4 advantage when Krietemeier scored on an error.
OSU added another run in the fourth on an RBI by Krietemeier, and Fish crushed his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left-centerfield, to put the Cowboys up by an 8-4 margin in the sixth.
That was more than enough for the Cowboys.
Wheeland came on in relief of Williams in the fourth and dominated over the next five innings. He did not allow a hit while walking just one and striking out three. Brendan McCurry then came on and worked a perfect ninth inning to seal the win for the Cowboys.
Sluder was one of four Cowboys with multiple hits in the contest as Green, Fish and Conor Costello each had two hits.
OSU returns to action Tuesday when the Cowboys travel to Norman to take on Bedlam-rival Oklahoma in a non-conference contest set for a 6 p.m. start.