April 27, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – With Andrew Heaney on the mound, Oklahoma State tied its season-long win streak Friday night as they opened a series at Tointon Stadium with a 5-0 win over Kansas State.
The win was the sixth in a row for the Cowboys, who improved to 24-17 overall and remained in fourth place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 9-7 mark. The victory also snapped a three-game losing skid on the road and was just the fourth win for OSU outside of Stillwater this season.
Heaney continued to dominate opposing hitters as the junior southpaw improved to 6-1 with an 8.1 inning gem, finishing just two outs shy of a shutout and his fourth complete game. He allowed only four hits and recorded eight strikeouts while walking just two.
In reaching at least eight strikeouts for the ninth time in 11 appearances, Heaney also became the first Cowboy pitcher since Matt Smith in 2000 to record 100 strikeouts in a season. After tonight’s performance, Heaney stands at 102.
The Cowboy offense gave their ace some early run support as they scored in each of the first two innings.
In the second, an RBI single by Randy McCurry gave the Cowboys a 2-0 advantage. McCurry’s hit scored Trey Whaley, who reached on an error and then stole second base.
A three-run rally in the fifth provided the final runs in the contest. Rea’s second hit of the night, a single, plated Zach Fish with OSU’s third run, and Hunter Bailey scored on an error on the play to make it 4-0. The fifth run came on Mark Ginther’s RBI double down the right field line.
Rea and McCurry each had two hits for the Cowboys, who finished with seven hits in the game.
OSU will look for its first conference road series win of the season Saturday when the two teams return to action at 4 p.m.