April 26, 2011
WICHITA, Kan. – Oklahoma State brought the winning run to the plate four times in the ninth inning Tuesday night against Wichita State, but the Shockers held on for a 6-5 win in front of 3,772 fans at Eck Stadium.
OSU has now lost four-straight games and fell to 28-13 on the season, while WSU improved to 26-18. The two teams split a pair of games this season, with each winning on their home field.
The 19th-ranked Cowboys used seven pitchers and allowed 12 hits and seven walks in the contest. Freshman Vince Wheeland suffered the loss as the right-hander allowed a run on two hits in just 1/3 of an inning.
Jared Womack led the OSU offense with a 4-for-5 effort, with the four hits setting a career high.
OSU struck first in the contest with three unearned runs in the top of the second inning. Womack opened the frame with an infield single, and after an error and a sacrifice bunt put Cowboys on second and third with one out, Gabe Weidenaar brought home OSU’s first run with an RBI groundout.
WSU threatened to answer in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with two outs before OSU starter Andrew Heck got Walker Davidson to ground out to end the inning.
The Shockers would take advantage of a scoring opportunity in the third. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out before Johnny Coy ripped a two-RBI double down the left field line to pull WSU to within 3-2.
The home team threatened to add to the rally, loading the bases with two outs before Josh Neilson came out of the OSU bullpen and got Micah Green to ground out to end the inning.
OSU doubled its lead in the fifth. Three consecutive singles opened the inning, and a sacrifice fly by Davis Duren pushed the Cowboys’ lead to 4-2.
The Cowboys’ failure to record a big rally in the top of the fifth proved costly in the bottom of the inning. Preston Springer led off the frame with a double, and Coy followed with a two-run home run to left field to tie the score at 4-4. Coy finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
WSU would take its first lead three batters later. Don Lambert singled and advanced to second on a balk by Wheeland, and Green followed with an RBI single up the middle to give the Shockers a 5-4 advantage before Blake Barnes came out of the bullpen to retire the side without any further damage.
The Shockers added an insurance run without getting a hit in the bottom of the eighth. A hit batsman and two walks loaded the bases before Weidenaar uncorked a wild pitch to put WSU up by a 6-4 margin.
That run proved huge as OSU had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth. Back-to-back walks to Nico Rosthenhausler and Shines opened the inning before Dane Phillips failed to lay down a sacrifice bunt and struck out. After another strikeout, Womack singled to cut the Cowboys’ deficit to one and put runners on first and third, but Mark Ginther hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Zach Beringer picked up the win for the Shockers as he allowed just one run on three hits in four innings of relief, while Cale Elam worked the ninth inning for his third save.
The Cowboys return to Big 12 Conference action Friday when they open a series against Kansas State at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium at 6:30 p.m.