STILLWATER, Okla. - For the seventh time this season, Oklahoma State won a game in its final at bat as Dane Phillips' double in the bottom of the 10th inning plated Devin Shines with the winning run to give the 19th-ranked Cowboys a 1-0 victory over Baylor Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the victory, the Cowboys maintained the third spot in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 13-8 mark while improving to 33-16 overall. Baylor fell to 24-23 overall and 9-13 in league play.
Mike Strong and Andrew Heaney pitched superbly to lead OSU to the win. Strong worked the first eight innings and racked up 14 strikeouts while allowing just two hits and no walks, while Heaney picked up the win to improve to 6-3 by keeping the Bears hitless and scoreless over the final two frames.
Despite not earning the decision, Strong turned in a career night for the Cowboys. The senior southpaw set a career high with the 14 strikeouts, and the total tied for the most by a Big 12 pitcher this season. It also marked the highest strikeout total for a conference pitcher against a league opponent this year.
Both hits Strong allowed were leadoff singles, the first coming in the third off the bat of Joey Hainsfurther. The only other hit the Bears would muster came from Max Muncy to open the seventh inning.
BU starter Logan Verrett was equally tough, tossing eight shutout innings of his own and allowing only four hits.
With scoring opportunities at a premium, OSU finally took advantage in the 10th. After BU closer Max Garner walked Shines with two outs, Phillips stepped to the plate and battled through a full count before delivering the 10th pitch of the at bat into the left-center field gap. Shines raced around the bases and slid in safely after BU shortstop Landis Ware bobbled the relay through to prevent a potential play at the plate.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised by FSN.