STILLWATER, Okla. – Mark Ginther’s three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted 18th-ranked Oklahoma State to a 9-6 win over Arkansas-Little Rock Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Ginther’s blast was one of three round trippers for the Cowboys as they won their fourth-straight game to improve to 25-8, including a 20-3 mark on their home field.
OSU trailed 6-5 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and runners on second and third. Davis Duren came up with the first clutch hit, an infield single that bounced off the glove of UALR pitcher Dillon Wilson and brought home Dane Phillips with the tying run.
Up next, Ginther worked a full count against Trojans’ reliever John Maler before drilling the next offering into the net beyond the left field wall to put the Cowboys up by a 9-6 margin.
UALR (15-17) led off the top of the ninth with a double by Jason Houston, but Hunter Herrera retired the next three Trojans in order to seal the win and improve to 2-0 on the year.
OSU led for much of the contest. Shines led off the bottom of the first with his second homer of the season, and the Cowboys added three more runs in the second inning on RBIs from Nico Rosthenhausler, Hunter Bailey and Shines.
Down 4-0, the Trojans trimmed their lead in half in the third, scoring on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Jake Rowell.
In the third it was Zach Johnson blasting his fifth home run of the season for the Cowboys to push OSU’s lead to 5-2.
But UALR would score two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh, taking a 6-5 lead on a two-RBI single by Casey McCollum.
Herrera came out of the OSU bullpen with two on and two out in the seventh and got the Cowboys out of the jam, then allowed just one hit over the final two innings to pick up the win.
Shines, Johnson and Duren each finished with two hits for the Cowboys.
OSU returns to Big 12 Conference action Friday in Tulsa with the opening game of the Bedlam Series against Oklahoma at ONEOK Field. The series shifts to RedHawks Field at Bricktown in Oklahoma City for the final two games on Saturday and Sunday.