STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State had the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the 10th inning but could not get them home as the 16th-ranked Cowboys dropped an 8-7 contest to No. 8 TCU Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the loss, OSU fell to 31-15 on the season. The setback marks the first time the Cowboys have lost a three-game series at home this season and also the first time they have lost consecutive games on their home field.
OSU trailed throughout the first 8½ innings but rallied to tie the game in the ninth. After a one-out double by Dane Phillips, pinch runner Andrew Heck advanced to third on a passed ball. Zach Johnson then lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Heck home with the tying run.
However, TCU (33-14) would get the winning run with two outs in the top of the 10th. After Andrew Heaney held the Horned Frogs scoreless for four innings in relief, the sophomore southpaw surrendered a solo home run to Zac Jordan, a hit that proved to be the winning run.
In the bottom of the 10th, OSU mounted a two-out rally that started with a single by Gabe Weidenaar. After Luis Uribe walked, a wild pitch moved the Cowboy runners to second and third, but Hunter Bailey flied out to left field to end the game.
For the second-straight day, OSU fell behind in the first inning as TCU tagged starter Hunter Herrera for a pair of runs on back-to-back RBI hits by Josh Elander and Joe Weik.
The Horned Frogs went up 3-0 in the second before Uribe plated OSU’s first run with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning.
TCU pushed its lead to 7-1 by scoring twice in both the fifth and sixth innings before the Cowboys started cutting into the lead in the bottom of the sixth.
In that inning, Jared Womack got things started with a solo home run, and three batters later, Weidenaar tripled to make the score 7-3.
Still trailing by four, the Cowboys rallied to within a run of TCU in the seventh compliments of a three-run home run by Johnson off TCU reliever Trent Appleby, a blast that made the score 7-6.
TCU clung to the one-run lead until Johnson recorded his game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth. Johnson finished with four RBIs in the contest, which tied his career high.
Heaney suffered the loss for the Cowboys to fall to 5-3 despite allowing just one run on four hits in 4.1 innings. He also struck out four.
Stefan Crichton was the winner on the mound as he worked the final two innings and improved to 4-2.
OSU returns to midweek action when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a pair of midweek games against Ohio State. The Cowboys will face the Buckeyes Tuesday and Wednesday, with both contests starting at 5:30 p.m.