April 28, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Oklahoma State clinched its first conference road series win of the season with a 13-3 victory over Kansas State Saturday at Tointon Stadium.
The win was the seventh in a row for the Cowboys, marking their longest win streak of the year, as they improved to 25-17 overall and 10-7 in Big 12 play.
Seven different players collected RBIs in the contest for OSU as the Cowboys’ 13 runs was the most they’ve scored in a Big 12 game this season, besting their previous high of 11 against Kansas. Randy McCurry led the attack with three RBIs, while Jarrett Higgins and Jared Womack added two apiece.
Chase Stevens picked up the win in relief to improve to 5-4 as he worked the final 6.1 innings and did not allow a run. The junior right-hander struck out six and allowed just three hits.
Kansas State (19-25, 3-14) led early in Saturday’s contest. In the second, RJ Santigate blasted a two-run home run off OSU starter Vince Wheeland, and the Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Jared King.
But in the fourth, the Cowboys rallied to take a lead they never surrendered. In that pivotal inning, OSU plated five runs on five hits.
Higgins opened the fourth with an infield single and following a walk to Hunter Bailey and a single by Robbie Rea, OSU had loaded the bases with no outs. Up next, Womack collected an RBI on a fielder’s choice to bring home the Cowboys’ first run.
The next two Cowboys also picked up RBIs, with a Mark Ginther single and a Trey Whaley double tying the score at 3-3.
After Wes Jones struck out for the second out of the inning, McCurry came up big, delivering a two-RBI single on a 3-0 pitch to give OSU a 5-3 lead.
The Cowboys took control in the sixth and seventh innings, racking up seven runs in those two frames.
In the sixth, OSU batted around and took advantage of a pair of K-State errors to push three runs across the plate. The Cowboys would send nine batters to the plate again in the seventh, getting a two-RBI double from Higgins and RBIs from Rea and pinch hitter Jordan Mings to push their lead to 12-3.
OSU’s final run came in the ninth when Womack picked up an RBI when he walked with the bases loaded.
The Cowboys go for their second-straight conference series sweep Sunday at noon. The game will be televised by ESPNU.