May 9, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Behind Jon Perrin’s second-career shutout, No. 7 Oklahoma State extended its winning streak with an 8-0 victory over Kansas State Friday night at Tointon Stadium.
The Cowboys have now won seven in a row, tying their longest streak of the season, as they improved to 36-13 overall and remained tied atop the Big 12 Conference standings with TCU at 14-5.
Perrin was magnificent in the return to his home state. The junior right-hander, a native of Olathe, Kan., racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts and allowed just four hits, all singles, to improve to 6-3 on the season. In tossing his second-career complete game, he faced only five batters over the minimum and walked just one in the 129-pitch effort.
OSU provided Perrin plenty of offensive support, scoring in each of the first three innings and five overall. The Cowboys collected 11 hits in the contest, including two apiece by Tanner Krietemeier, Tim Arakawa and Craig McConaughy, and six different players recorded RBIs.
“It always starts on the mound and when your starting pitcher goes out and gives you an outstanding start like that, it allows the ballclub to settle in and go to work,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “Jon (Perrin) obviously threw an outstanding game, and our defense was tremendous. And offensively any time you can score first, it’s a good way to start because you establish a little bit of tempo. Then when you continue to score, that’s what’s most pleasing because it puts the other team on their heels and doesn’t allow them to dig back in.”
The Cowboys took control of the scoreboard early. Saulyer Saxon led off the game with a single, and following a Donnie Walton sacrifice bunt, Krietemeier tripled into to the right-center field gap to put OSU ahead 1-0. Up next, Gage Green picked up an RBI on a grounder to second base that was mishandled to push the lead to two.
With plenty of run support, Perrin dominated the Wildcats (24-26, 4-15). He retired seven in a row to start the game and had multiple strikeouts in three innings. K-State did not advance a runner to third base in the contest and had only three runners reach second base.
Perrin’s 10 strikeouts bested his previous career high of nine, which came on April 18 in a shutout of Kansas in Stillwater in a game that also marked his last win prior to Friday against the Wildcats.
“I’m most proud of (Perrin) keeping his composure and not getting too fired up – he just pitched a great game,” Holliday said. “He made pitches and didn’t let anything get in the way of execution. Compliment to him for doing a great job attacking and shutting out a very good offensive team.”
OSU’s final three runs came in the fifth on a two-run home run by Arakawa, his fourth of the season, and in the seventh when Gage Green doubled, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 2 p.m.