STILLWATER, Okla. –Brad Propst tossed his third complete game of the season Saturday to lead No. 19 Oklahoma State to an 8-2 win over Kansas State at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The victory clinches the fifth Big 12 Conference series win of the season for the Cowboys, who improved to 12-8 in league play and 30-13 overall.
Propst kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard over the first 8.1 innings. Despite losing the shutout on a two-run home run by Mike Kindel, the senior right-hander improved to 7-2 after allowing just six hits and needing only 97 pitches to get the win.
The win was Propst’s fifth against Big 12 competition this season (against only one loss), and all three of his complete game performances have come in conference play.
Propst got plenty of support from an offense that saw six different Cowboys collect RBIs in the contest. Jared Womack and Randy McCurry each drove in two runs, while Mark Ginther led OSU with three hits in four trips to the plate.
OSU took control early, rallying for four runs on five hits in the second inning. Ginther got things started with a one-out single, and another single and a walk loaded the bases for McCurry, who delivered a two-RBI single off the glove of K-State third baseman Jason King.
Up next, an infield single by Hunter Bailey plated Gabe Weidenaar with OSU’s third run, and two batters later, Dane Phillips picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk to give the Cowboys a 4-0 advantage.
The Cowboys added a run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Nico Rosthenhausler, then tacked on three more in the fifth, the big blow coming on a two-run home run by Womack.
OSU carried the 8-0 lead into the top of the ninth before Kindel’s fourth homer of the year provided K-State’s only runs.
The Cowboys will look for the series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.