May 2, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State recorded its fourth-straight win Friday night as the No. 9 Cowboys knocked off 26th-ranked Arizona State, 8-5, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the victory, coach Josh Holliday's ballclub improved to 33-13 on the season, which includes a 19-8 mark on their home field. It also marked the Cowboys' 19th come-from-behind win of the year.
The win helped the Cowboys avenge a loss to ASU on March 2 in Surprise, Ariz. In that game, Brett Lilek earned a save by striking out five in four innings, but on Friday, the Cowboys got the best of the southpaw as they recorded six runs in 2 2/3 innings to drop Lilek to 4-3 on the year.
"That was a great win," Holliday said. "We beat a pitcher that the first time we saw him earlier this year looked like a major leaguer. For us to come out and be so competitive against an extremely competitive kid and fight together as a team up and down, it wasn't beautiful but they never are. The moments where we found ways to respond and score were great.
"That's a high-level team we're playing and a very sound win for our team. Some mistakes, sure, but no mistakes in effort and no mistakes in heart."
OSU took the game's initial lead with a two-out rally in the second inning. Arakawa got things started with an RBI double down the right field line that scored Aaron Cornell, and Ryan Sluder followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
The lead did not last long, however.
In the top of the third, the Sun Devils (24-18) took advantage of two OSU errors and scored three runs on two hits. Christopher Beall plated the first run on a throwing error by Gage Green, and a two-out, two-RBI single by RJ Ybarra put ASU up, 3-2.
But the Cowboys would answer in a big way in the bottom of the inning and take a lead they would never surrender. After a pair of walks and a groundout, Krietemeier delivered a run-scoring double to tie it at 3-3. OSU then took advantage of two errors by shortstop Drew Stankiewicz, one when he mishandled a ground ball and another on an errant throw, to tack on three runs and take a 6-3 advantage.
Holliday's club extended its lead in each of the next two innings, getting a leadoff home run from Green in the fourth and a sacrifice fly by Arakawa in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-3.
ASU got back in it with two runs in the seventh and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth before McCurry got Dalton Dinatale to fly out to end the game.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 3 p.m.