Zach Johnson hit for the cycle in Friday's series-opening win.
April 29, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State got back in the win column Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the 19th-ranked Cowboys knocked off Kansas State, 9-2.
The win snapped OSU’s four-game losing streak and ended a seven-game skid against K-State as the Cowboys improved to 29-13 on the season and moved back into third place in the Big 12 Conference standings at 11-8.
The Cowboys’ win marked the first time they have defeated Kansas State since March 29, 2008, and also snapped the Wildcats’ six-game winning streak as they fell to 26-16 overall and 8-11 in conference play.
OSU jumped on the Wildcats early with a four-run first inning to give starter Mike Strong all the support he would need.
Strong was in command throughout as the senior southpaw allowed just one earned run and two hits in eight innings of work while recording six strikeouts. He improved to 4-1 on the year and finished just 1/3 of an inning shy of his longest-career outing, which came earlier this season against Texas.
Offensively, Zach Johnson led the OSU attack as he became the first Cowboy to hit for the cycle since Josh Fields achieved the rare feat on April 15, 2003, against Texas-Pan American.
Jared Womack also had a big night at the plate as the junior catcher collected three hits in five at bats and drove in three runs, while Luis Uribe matched Womack with a game-high three RBIs.
OSU opened the contest with five-straight hits against K-State starter Kyle Hunter (4-4), with a double by Johnson bringing home the Cowboys’ first run. Womack followed that with a two-RBI double, and he later scored on a wild pitch to give the home team a 4-0 advantage.
The Cowboys pushed their lead to 6-0 on a two-RBI single by Uribe in the third and made it 8-0 in the fourth when Johnson and Womack delivered back-to-back home runs.
K-State managed its lone runs in the fifth and sixth frames, scoring on an error in the fifth and getting a solo homer from Jared King in the next inning.
OSU’s final run came in the fifth on Uribe’s third RBI of the game, a sacrifice fly that plated Davis Duren.
With the game in hand, Johnson put an exclamation point on the win by completing his bid for the cycle with a triple to center field in the eighth.
The two reams return to action Saturday at 2 p.m.