April 23, 2013
STILLWATER – Zach Fish’s RBI double in the bottom of the 12th inning gave 24th-ranked Oklahoma State its fourth walk-off win of the season as the Cowboys topped Wichita State, 6-5, Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Fish’s double marked the second time he’s provided a game-winning walk-off hit this season and gave the Cowboys their 13th come-from behind triumph of the year as they improved to 28-11.
Brendan McCurry was the winner on the mound as he worked 5.1 scoreless innings to improve to 4-2. The junior right-hander allowed just two hits while striking out three and lowering his ERA to 1.17.
“I thought that game was never going to end, just glad it ended in our favor,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “That (Fish game-winning hit) was clutch, and I’m happy for Zach and our team. Probably the story of the game was Brendan McCurry pitching outstanding relief, keeping us in the game and letting us overcome some of our mistakes.
“In the end, we won, and that’s what you show up for.”
OSU trailed 1-0 after 2 ½ innings before rallying for three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Saulyer Saxon got the scoring starting with a double that tied the score at 1-1 before a Tanner Krietemeier RBI triple made it 2-1. The third Cowboy run scored on a throwing error by WSU pitcher Kris Gardner.
The Cowboys led 4-2 after five complete, but WSU regained the lead with three runs in the sixth, the big blow coming on a two-RBI triple by Tyler Baker.
Trailing 5-4 with two outs in the eighth, Fish provided the first of his two clutch hits on the night. With Krietemeier on second, Fish sent a grounder into the hole between third and short. WSU shortstop Erik Harbutz gloved the ball and fired to first base, but Fish beat the throw as Krietemeier raced home with the tying run.
In the decisive 12th, the Shockers (23-19) got their first two batters on in the top of the inning on a single and an error. But McCurry got Harbutz to ground into a double play, and a groundout by Casey Gillaspie stranded the go-ahead run at third.
That set the stage for Fish’s heroics. Krietemeier led off the bottom of the 12th with his third hit of the game, a single, then stole second. Up stepped Fish, who sent a line drive into the right-center field gap that a diving Micah Green could not get a glove on as Krietemeier trotted home with the winning run.
“I was just trying to get the ball to the outfield,” Fish said. “I always get excited when I come up with the game on the line and a guy in scoring position. I didn’t come through (last Sunday vs. Kansas State), and I should have. Tonight was about battling and trying to come through when the team needed me most.”
OSU returns to action Friday when they open play in the TD Ameritrade Classic in Omaha, Neb., against Rutgers at 2:35 p.m.