April 3, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. - Oklahoma State had its five-game winning streak snapped Sunday at Hawks Field as the Cowboys dropped a 6-4 contest to Nebraska.
With the loss, OSU fell to 5-4 in Big 12 Conference play and 21-7 overall, while the Cornhuskers improved to 19-11 and 2-4 in the league.
Randy McCurry suffered the loss on the mound as he allowed two runs, one of them earned, in the eighth inning after taking the hill with the game tied 4-4.
Duren put the Cowboys on top early with his second home run of the series and third of the season, a solo shot into the bullpen in right field to lead off the second inning.
The Cornhuskers answered in the bottom of the inning, however, to take their first lead of the series. Kurt Farmer led off the frame with a single off OSU starter Andrew Heaney, and two batters later, a double by Josh Scheffert put NU runners on second and third with one out. Cory Burleson then delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to put the home team up, 2-1.
OSU erased the Huskers' lead in the top of the third with a pair of runs of its own. Devin Shines drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a single by Dane Phillips, a hit that extended the sophomore's hitting streak to 14 games. Johnson then added to his team-leading RBI total with a fielder's choice that scored Shines and made the score 2-2.
The Cowboys continued the rally when Mark Ginther followed a Duren single with an RBI double to give OSU a 3-2 advantage.
OSU held the one-run lead until the bottom of the fifth. Reliever Chris Marlowe hit Kale Kiser with a pitch to open the inning, and two batters later, Cody Asche delivered a two-run home run to right field to put the Huskers up, 4-3.
In the seventh, the Cowboys tied the game once again. After a one-out single by Shines, Phillips followed with a single of his own, and Shines advanced to third on an error by NU left fielder Kash Kalkowski. Johnson plated Shines with an infield single to knot the score at 4-4 before Jared Womack grounded into an inning-ending double play to end the OSU rally.
The Cowboys got out of a huge jam in the bottom of the seventh. Following a leadoff double by Kalkowski, Kurt Farmer was hit by a pitch. But with two runners on and no outs, reliever Gabe Weidenaar got the next three Huskers to pop out to end the inning unscathed.
OSU got into trouble again in the eighth as two errors and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with no outs against McCurry, and this time the Cowboys would not get out of the jam. A sacrifice fly by Asche plated the go-ahead run, and NU pushed its lead to 6-4 when Kalkowski picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice.
The Cowboys return to action Tuesday with a non-conference showdown against Bedlam-rival Oklahoma in Norman. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.