May 8, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State won for the 11th time in its last 12 games Tuesday night as the 25th-ranked Cowboys scored twice in the eighth inning to defeat Ohio State, 4-2, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Entering the top of the eighth with the score tied 2-2, Green, who started for only the seventh time this season, made a pair of run-saving plays in left field.
Josh Dezse led off the inning for Ohio State with a single, and after a strikeout, Brad Hallberg collected a single of his own to put Buckeyes at first and second with one out.
Ohio State’s next hitter, Patrick Porter, delivered a line drive that was tailing towards the left field line, but Green raced over and made a diving catch that likely kept at least one run from scoring.
The Cowboys wouldn’t get out of the jam until Green topped his diving catch with his arm. With two on and two out, Ohio State’s David Corna singled to left field. Green picked up the ball and fired a one hopper to home plate where Jared Womack tagged out Dezse attempting to score the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Cowboys’ offense would come up big. Randy McCurry got things started with a one-out single off reliever David Fathalikhani (1-2), and after a groundout, Green walked.
That brought Saxon to the plate, and the sophomore delivered a low line drive into center field that Ohio State’s Tim Wetzel tried to dive and catch. But the ball got past him, allowing Saxon to race to third for a two-RBI triple that put the Cowboys up, 4-2.
Ohio State (27-21) got a leadoff single in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate, but Chase Stevens got out of the jam to pick up the win.
Stevens worked the final 2.2 innings in relief of McCurry and did not allow a run to improve to 6-4. McCurry gave up two runs on six hits and struck out six, one shy of his career high.
Saxon, Womack and Robbie Rea each had two hits in the win, while Green scored three of the Cowboys’ runs.
The two teams return to action Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Reynolds Stadium.