STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State scored four runs in its final two at bats to rally for a 6-4 win over Northeastern State Wednesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Robbie Rea’s two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh put the Cowboys on top for the first time since the third inning, and OSU added two more runs in the eighth to improve to 19-17 on the year, which includes a 16-3 mark on their home field.
Rea was one of three Cowboys with at least two hits in the contest, joining Trey Whaley and Hunter Bailey. Whaley was 3-for-4.
Picking up his first-career win for the Cowboys was Kenton Bevacqua, who worked one scoreless inning, while Blake Barnes recorded the final out of the contest for his second save.
OSU took a 1-0 lead in its first at bat when Rea was hit by a pitch and later scored on an error by the NSU right fielder. The Cowboys took a two-run advantage in the next inning when Whaley delivered the first home run of his career, a shot over the left-center field wall that marked OSU’s first round tripper since March 24 at Missouri.
The RiverHawks (20-20) scored all of their runs in the third off OSU freshman Jon Perrin, who made his the first start of his career.
After a leadoff walk, a single and a bunt, NSU had runners on second and third with one out. Chad Davidson delivered an RBI single for the RiverHawks’ first run, and two batters later, a double by Chris Gallegos brought home a pair of runs and put the visitors up 3-2.
Jake Abbott came out of the OSU bullpen following the run-scoring double and worked the next four innings, allowing just three hits and striking out a career-high six while keeping NSU off the scoreboard.
The Cowboys’ offense finally got on track with a two-out rally in the seventh. A single by Jared Womack got things started, and Rea then deposited a Roldan Ochoa pitch over the left field wall for his team-leading fifth homer of the season.
OSU added RBI singles from Whaley and Bailey in the eighth to go up 6-3, but the Cowboys had to hold off a ninth-inning charge by NSU to seal the win.
In the ninth, Rea retired the first two batters, but then Mike Stone reached on an error and advanced to second on a passed ball. A single by Greg Jackson made the score 6-4, and a walk to Davidson put the tying run on first before Barnes came on and struck out Kegan Knight on four pitches to end the game.
OSU returns to Big 12 Conference action Friday when the Cowboys open a three-game series with Texas Tech at Reynolds Stadium. The opener is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.