April 5, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma State was shut out over the final six innings and suffered an 8-3 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma in a non-conference tilt Tuesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
With the loss, the 23rd-ranked Cowboys fell to 21-8 on the season, while their Bedlam rivals improved to 23-6.
Sophomore southpaw Andrew Heaney suffered the loss in relief for the Cowboys as he allowed five runs, just three of them earned, on seven hits in three innings of work to fall to 3-2 on the season.
OSU got on the scoreboard first when Mark Ginther led off the top of the second inning with his fourth home run of the season, a shot that cleared the wall in left-center field.
The Cowboys added to that lead later in the inning with some clutch two-out hitting. Hunter Bailey doubled off the wall in left-center field, and Devin Shines followed with an RBI single up the middle to give OSU a 2-0 advantage. After a walk to Phillips, an RBI single by Zach Johnson pushed OSU’s lead to 3-0 and drove OU starter Jack Mayfield from the game.
OU erased its deficit in the third. Chris Ellison walked to open the inning, and a double by Tyler Ogle put Sooners on second and third with no outs. After OSU starter Andrew Heck struck out Caleb Bushyhead, the Big 12 Conference leader in RBIs, Garrett Buechele, stepped to the plate and added two more to his total with a single that made the score 3-2.
The Sooners would tie the score at 3-3 with a two-out run of their own when Casey Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk against Heaney before the Cowboys got out of the inning on a fly out by Drew Dahlberg.
OU would take the lead for good in the fourth. After back-to-back singles, Buechele collected his third RBI of the contest on a groundout, and Cameron Seitzer followed that with an infield single that plated the Sooners’ fifth run.
The lead doubled in the fifth when Cody Reine led off the inning with his second homer of the season to put OU up by a 6-3 margin, and the Sooners tallied their seventh and eighth runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Buechele and Reine.
Dillon Overton picked up the win in relief for the Sooners as he worked 6.1 innings and allowed just four hits while striking out eight.
The Cowboys return to Big 12 action Friday against Missouri in Stillwater. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.