STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the 15th-ranked Cowboys to a 5-3 win over Wichita State Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Nico Rosthenhausler’s RBI double brought home the go-ahead run in the decisive inning, and OSU added an insurance run on Devin Shines’ RBI single as the Cowboys improved to 28-9, which includes a 21-3 mark on their home field.
Andrew Heaney picked up the win in relief as he worked the final 1.1 innings and struck out all four batters he faced to improve to 5-2.
Hunter Bailey led OSU’s offense with a career-high three hits and was one of four Cowboys with multiple hits on the night.
OSU led for much of the contest. The Cowboys took the lead in their opening at bat when Mark Ginther singled with two outs to bring home Shines with the game’s first run.
The Cowboys tallied runs in the fifth and sixth, getting an RBI groundout from Zach Johnson in the fifth and taking a 3-0 advantage when Gabe Weidenaar, who had doubled, scored on an error in the sixth.
OSU starter Hunter Herrera did not need much run support. The junior right-hander kept the Shockers off the scoreboard through the first six innings before getting into trouble in the seventh.
After a leadoff walk to Johnny Coy, Herrera retired the next two WSU batters, but a fielding error by Bailey kept the inning alive. The next two Shockers would collect RBI singles, plating a pair of unearned runs and making the score 3-2 before Herrera got Kevin Hall to pop out to end the inning.
The Shockers would tie the score in the eighth, however, as Preston Springer blasted a solo home run to right field off OSU reliever Blake Barnes. The homer was Springer’s sixth of the season and marked the fourth-straight game the WSU designated hitter has homered.
As they have done for much of the season, the Cowboys would answer in the bottom of the inning. Weidenaar led off the frame with a double before Rosthenhausler’s go-ahead hit.
OSU returns to action Friday with a key Big 12 Conference showdown in College Station, Texas, against Texas A&M. The series opener is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.