April 2, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. - Oklahoma State clinched its first series win over Nebraska in Lincoln in more than a decade with a 10-0 win over the Cornhuskers Saturday at Hawks Field.
With its fifth-straight win and sixth shutout of the season, OSU improved to 21-6 and 5-3 in Big 12 Conference play. The Cowboys' series win at Nebraska was only their second ever since the formation of the Big 12, with the other coming in the league's first year of competition in 1997.
The Cowboys needed just seven hits Saturday as they took advantage of four Nebraska errors to score nine unearned runs.
OSU got on the scoreboard in the fifth, taking advantage of some shaky defense by the Cornhuskers to score five unearned runs off NU starter Jon Keller.
After Devin Shines reached on a throwing error by NU second baseman Bryan Peters, Dane Phillips walked to put Cowboys on first and second with one out. Up next, Zach Johnson sent a ground ball towards Husker third baseman Cody Asche, who failed to get a glove on the ball as it rolled between his legs to the outfield and allowed Shines to score OSU's first run.
Jared Womack followed with a single to load the bases, bringing Duren to the plate. Duren promptly brought home two runs with an opposite-field single to make the score 3-0.
The Cowboys would continue to make NU pay for its errors as Ginther followed Duren with a two-RBI double into the left-center field gap, a hit that ended Keller's day on the mound.
Already leading 5-0, the Cowboys once again took advantage of miscues by the home team to add four more unearned runs and extend their lead in the sixth.
Back-to-back walks to Hunter Bailey and Shines opened the inning, and on a sacrifice bunt by Phillips, NU pitcher Tyler King's throw sailed over the first baseman's head, allowing both Bailey and Shines to score and Phillips to end up at third.
OSU added to its 7-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Duren, and pushed the lead to nine on an RBI single off the bat of Ginther.
The Cowboys' final run was the result of Duren's season-high fourth RBI of the contest, which came on a single in the eighth inning.
Propst worked seven innings and allowed just three hits while striking out five to notch his team-leading fifth win of the season. Blake Barnes pitched the final two innings to close out the Huskers.
Sunday's series finale is scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. start.