May 10, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oklahoma State racked up a season-high 20 hits and scored in all but one inning as the 19th-ranked Cowboys cruised to a 16-3 win over Ohio State Tuesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
With the win, the Cowboys snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 32-15 on the season. OSU also ended a six-game road losing streak with the victory.
Jared Womack led the offensive assault with a 2-for-4, six-RBI effort as the junior catcher became the first Cowboy to collect six RBIs in a game since Tom Belza achieved the feat against Alabama in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Clemson Regional.
Womack was just one of a number of offensive stars for the Cowboys as every player in OSU’s starting lineup collected at least one hit, with eight of those turning in multiple-hit efforts. Mark Ginther, Luis Uribe and Hunter Bailey led the attack with three hits apiece.
Andrew Heck earned the win on the mound for OSU as the senior worked 6.1 innings and improved to 3-1 on the year. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and struck out three.
Oklahoma State got on the scoreboard in its first at bat. Devin Shines walked to lead off the game, and after advancing to third on a single and wild pitch, he scored on Womack’s sacrifice fly to give the Cowboys a 1-0 lead.
The Cowboys pushed their lead to three in the third. After a one-out single by Dane Phillips, Zach Johnson stepped to the plate and blasted his team-leading eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field. Johnson tied a career-high with four RBIs in the contest and also extended his hitting streak to seven games.
OSU continued its hot hitting in the fourth, rallying for three runs on four hits. Phillips brought home the first run with an RBI double, and two batters later, Womack singled to bring home two more runs and make the score 6-0.
The fifth inning proved to be OSU’s biggest of the night as the Cowboys tallied five runs, with the big blow coming on Womack’s three-run, opposite-field home run to put the visitors up by an 11-0 margin.
After being shutout in the first six innings, Ohio State snapped the scoreless streak with three runs in the seventh off Heck. The Buckeyes managed just one hit in the inning but took advantage of three walks, an error and a hit batsman.
The two teams conclude their series Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. (CST).