Cowboys Drop Game, Series

Devin Shines

Devin Shines

April 23, 2011

Box Score

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Oklahoma State’s Big 12 Conference series winning streak came to an end Saturday at Olsen Field as No. 6 Texas A&M defeated the 15th-ranked Cowboys, 5-1, in front of 5,443 fans.

The Cowboys, who had won four-straight conference series, fell to 10-7 in the Big 12 and 28-11 overall, while TAMU took over the top spot in the league standings at 13-4 and improved to 28-11 overall.

 

OSU collected just six hits in the contest, two of those by Hunter Bailey, and the Cowboys left nine runners stranded on the base paths to help TAMU starter Michael Wacha improve to 5-2. Wacha worked 6.2 innings, allowing just one unearned run and striking out eight.


 

 

 

The Cowboys took their first lead of the series in the third inning. Gabe Weidenaar led off the frame and reached second on a throwing error by TAMU third baseman Adam Smith. After a groundout that moved Weidenaar to third and a strikeout, Devin Shines stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI double into the left-center field gap to put OSU up 1-0.

 

The lead did not last long. Jace Statum led off the bottom of the third with a double off OSU starter Brad Propst, and after advancing to third on a fly out, Statum scored the tying run on an error by Cowboy second baseman Davis Duren to knot the score at 1-1.

 

Propst pitched out of a huge jam in the fourth. After a leadoff double by Matt Juengel and a single by Adam Smith put runners on the corners with no outs, the Cowboy right-hander retired the next three Aggies, getting two fly outs and a strikeout to end the threat.

 

The Cowboys missed out on an opportunity of their own in the sixth. After a leadoff single by Dane Phillips and a walk to Zach Johnson, OSU had runners on first and second with no outs. But Jared Womack failed to move the runners with a bunt, and after a groundout, Mark Ginther stepped to the plate with two outs and Cowboys on second and third. After fouling a pitch down the right-field line that missed being fair by just inches, Ginther struck out to end the inning.

 

TAMU would break the tie in the sixth. With one out, Juengel was hit by a Randy McCurry pitch on a 3-2 count. After stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch, a Kevin Gonzalez single plated Juengel with the go-ahead run.

 

The Aggies weren’t done. Kenny Jackson followed Gonzalez with a single, and a walk to pinch hitter Gregg Alcazar loaded the bases. Up next, Charlie Curl sent a single through the right side that put the Aggies up 3-1. TAMU tried to score its fourth run on the play, but Shines threw out Jackson at the plate to end the inning and keep OSU’s deficit at two.

 

OSU threatened in the seventh, putting runners on first and third with two outs and bringing the Big 12’s leading hitter to the plate in Phillips. But Phillips grounded out to end the inning and keep the score at 3-1.

 

In the seventh, TAMU added some insurance with a pair of unearned runs. A leadoff walk, an infield single and an error put Aggies on second and third with one out before Juengel laid down a sacrifice bunt that resulted in both runners scoring to give the home team a 5-1 advantage.

 

The Cowboys made things interesting in their final at bat, but a defensive gem by Texas A&M ended an OSU rally.

 

Down to its final out, OSU got back-to-back singles by Nico Rosthenhausler and Bailey to bring Shines to the plate. Shines sent a deep drive to left field that appeared to be destined for a three-run home run, but TAMU left fielder Brandon Wood made a leaping catch to rob Shines of a homer that would have cut the Aggies’ lead to one. 

Sunday’s series finale is set for 1:05 p.m.

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