STILLWATER, Okla. – An unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted 23rd-ranked Oklahoma State to a 3-2 win over Missouri Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With two outs in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth and OSU’s Zach Johnson on third base, Mark Ginther sent a routine ground ball to Missouri shortstop Jesse Santo, who bobbled the ball several times before firing late to first. The error allowed Johnson, who led off the inning with a walk, to come home with the game’s winning run.
The win moved OSU into third place in the Big 12 Conference standings as the Cowboys improved to 6-4 in league play and 22-8 overall.
OSU wasted no time taking an early lead against the Tigers. Devin Shines drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, and Dane Phillips followed with a two-run, opposite-field home run over the wall in left field. The blast was Phillips’ second of the season.
With an early lead, OSU starter Mike Strong kept Missouri off the scoreboard until the fifth. In that inning, the Tigers plated an unearned run when Scott Sommerfeld, who had advanced to third on a passed ball, scored on an infield single by Brannon Champagne.
Mizzou (13-17, 1-5) still trailed 2-1 with two outs in the seventh, but Blake Brown tied the score with a solo home run off Strong, a line drive over the left field wall that marked his first homer of the season.
The Cowboys got out of a huge jam in the eighth. Jonah Schmidt led off the inning with a single against OSU closer Chris Marlowe and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Following a single by pinch hitter Eric Garcia, the Tigers had runners on first and third with no outs.
Marlowe struck out the next MU hitter and got Sommerfeld to groundout for the second out of the inning. A walk to Ben Turner loaded the bases before Marlowe worked out of the jam unscathed by striking out Santo on three pitches.
Marlowe picked up the win on the mound to improve to 2-2 as the junior right-handed worked 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four.
OSU managed just five hits in the contest, all of them against MIzzou starter Rob Zastryzny. Phil McCormick suffered the loss for the Tigers to fall to 3-2.