April 9, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State's baseball team got a strong performance offensively and on the mound Friday night to knock off Texas Tech, 13-3, in the first of a three-game set at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The win halted OSU's two-game losing streak and moved the Cowboys to 18-10 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders fell to 15-8 and 4-6 with the loss.
Offensively, OSU pounded out 16 hits and had seven players tally at least two hits.
A week after working 7.1 scoreless innings and striking out 11 against Nebraska, junior Thomas Keeling scattered seven hits and two earned runs over seven innings to earn the victory and improve to 3-3 on the season. The reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, Keeling worked out of trouble in four of the first five innings. The lefthander allowed a pair of runners in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings, but escaped without allowing a run.
The Cowboys manufactured the game's first run in the bottom of the third. Second baseman Davis Duren followed a leadoff single by stealing second base. Shortstop Tom Belza then singled through the right side to bring home Duren.
OSU's big inning came in the next frame, with the Cowboys tacking on seven runs. After leftfielder Nico Rosthenhausler and rightfielder Luis Uribe both singled through the left side, first baseman Dean Green loaded the bases with a bunt single. Centerfielder Dusty Harvard brought home OSU's second run after getting hit with a pitch by Tech starter Louis Head. Duren singled back through the middle and Belza singled off Tech first baseman Barrett Barnes' glove to drive home the Cowboys' third and fourth runs, respectively. Designated hitter Dane Phillips made it 6-0 with another single to left.
Roesthenhausler drove home the seventh run of the inning with a sacrifice fly off Tech reliever Scott Erzinger.
The OSU offense kept rolling in the fifth when Duren brought home Harvard all the way from first with his third hit of the night, a double into the left-centerfield gap, for the Cowboys' ninth run of the night.
Tech got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth when Michael Reed, who doubled to lead off the inning, and Bonham Hough came home on Taylor Ashby's double down the leftfield line.
Uribe got the two runs back with a two-run homer over the leftfield wall. The blast was his third of he season and pushed the margin to 11-2.
Phillips knocked in runs 12 and 13 in the seventh. The freshman finished the night with two hits and a game-high four runs batted in.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Stillwater.