April 9, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State clinched its third-straight conference series win with a 4-1 triumph over Missouri Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the win, the 23rd-ranked Cowboys improved to 23-8 overall and 7-4 in Big 12 Conference play. The victory also marks the first time since 2008 that OSU has won three consecutive series in league play.
Brad Propst continued his dominance on the mound Saturday. The senior right-hander tossed his second complete game of the season, both of them coming in conference play, as he improved to 6-1 on the year, including a 4-0 mark in the Big 12.
Propst needed just 96 pitches to defeat the Tigers. Of those, 73 were strikes, and he allowed just five hits while striking out six and walking only one.
OSU got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning. After a one-out single by Davis Duren, Gabe Weidenaar sent a deep fly ball to center field. Mizzou center fielder Brannon Champagne was there, but the ball dropped out of his glove for an error that allowed Duren to score and give the Cowboys a 1-0 advantage.
The Tigers (13-18, 1-6) managed their lone run in the third, getting a solo home run from Blake Brown to tie the game at 1-1. The blast was Brown’s second of the series.
The game remained deadlocked until the seventh. Weidenaar led off the inning with a double, and Nico Rosthenhausler followed with an RBI single through the right side to put the Cowboys up, 2-1. Rosthenhausler promptly stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored OSU’s third run on a wild pitch.
OSU added a final insurance run in the eighth when Zach Johnson, who led off the frame with a single, scored on another wild pitch.
Duren, Rosthenhausler and Devin Shines each collected two hits to account for six of OSU’s eight hits in the contest.
Matt Stites suffered the loss on the mound for the Tigers as he fell to 1-3 after allowed four runs on eight hits and striking out six.
OSU goes for the series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.