April 24, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State continued its winning ways Tuesday night as the Cowboys knocked off Bedlam-rival and 23rd-ranked Oklahoma, 6-1, in a non-conference game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The win was the fifth in a row for the Cowboys as they improved to 23-17 on the season, which includes a 20-3 mark on their home field. OSU’s victory, which also marked its third over a ranked opponent in 2012, snapped the Sooners’ eight-game winning streak as OU fell to 26-15.
Kyle Ottoson returned to the mound for OSU and had his best performance in a Cowboy uniform. The senior southpaw worked 8.1 innings and allowed just one run on five hits to improve to 3-5.
The majority of OU’s offense came in the top of the first inning. Erik Ross led off the game with a single, and after a sacrifice bunt, Max White singled to give the Sooners a 1-0 advantage.
Cody Reine followed White with a single of his own for the Sooners’ third hit of the inning, but Evan Mistich grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Following their three-hit first inning, the Sooners would manage just two hits the rest of the way, getting a single in the second and a single in the sixth.
OSU tied the score in the third against OU starter Damien Magnifico. Whaley opened the frame with an opposite-field double and after advancing to third on a bunt, he scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Randy McCurry.
The game remained tied 1-1 until the sixth when the Cowboys rallied for three runs, each of them coming with two outs.
With runners on first and second, Gabe Weidenaar sent a seeing-eye single up the middle for an RBI to put OSU up 2-1. Up next, Whaley delivered his second double of the contest to make it 3-1, and the Cowboys took a three-run lead when Weidenaar scored on a wild pitch.
In the eighth, the Cowboys added a pair of insurance runs with another two-out rally. This time it was Jarrett Higgins providing the big hit as he collected two RBIs with a single to make the score 6-1.
Ottoson retired the first batter he faced in the ninth, but a hit-by-pitch and a fielding error ended his night on the mound. The Cowboys called on Chase Stevens out of the bullpen with two on and one out, and the righty struck out only the two OU hitters he faced to seal the win for the home team.
OSU returns to Big 12 Conference action Friday when the Cowboys take on Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan.