STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State picked up its fifth win against a Top 10-ranked team this season as the 16th-ranked Cowboys defeated No. 8 TCU, 6-2, Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the win, the Cowboys improved to 31-13 and have now won 24 of their 27 games at home this season. TCU dropped to 31-14 with the loss.
Mike Strong picked up the win on the mound to improve to 5-1 as the senior southpaw allowed just one earned run and four hits in 6.2 innings of work.
Offensively, OSU collected 13 hits, four of those by Hunter Bailey, and got home runs from Mark Ginther and Luis Uribe to hand TCU starter Kyle Winkler just his second loss of the season.
TCU took the game's first lead in the second inning when Josh Elander blasted a leadoff home run, his third of the season.
But the Cowboys answered in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Ginther drilled a ball to dead center field. TCU center fielder Aaron Schultz gave chase, but the ball caromed off the wall and Ginther raced around the bases and slid into home just before the relay throw for an inside-the-park home run.
OSU took the lead for good in its next at bat when Uribe led off the third with a solo homer over the left-center field wall to put the Cowboys up 2-1.
The Cowboys added their third run in the fourth on another RBI by Uribe, this one on a single that gave the home team a two-run cushion.
The score remained 3-1 until the seventh when TCU's Zac Jordan doubled and advanced to third on an error, and Jerome Pena followed with a sacrifice fly to pull the Horned Frogs to within a run.
That was as close as TCU would get, but the Frogs made it interesting in the final two innings.
In the eighth, a pair of singles put runners on first and second with one out and brought Chris Marlowe out of the OSU bullpen. But Marlowe walked Elander on four pitches to load the bases before getting out of the jam by striking out Jordan and Pena to end the inning.
OSU rallied for three insurance runs in the eighth, getting a pair of run-scoring doubles as Bailey brought home the Cowboys' fourth run and Zach Johnson collected two more RBIs with a two-out double.
Marlowe would walk the leadoff batter in the ninth, but Gabe Weidenaar came in to keep TCU off the scoreboard and seal the win for the Cowboys.