May 15, 2012
DALLAS – Oklahoma State dropped its final non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday night as the 22nd-ranked Cowboys fell to Dallas Baptist, 7-4, at Patriot Field.
With the loss, which snapped OSU’s three-game winning streak, OSU is 32-20 on the year heading into a key Big 12 Conference showdown against Texas A&M to close out the regular season. That series begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The Cowboys and Aggies, along with Texas, are in a tie for second place in the Big 12 Conference standings.
Against DBU (37-16), the Cowboys fell behind early as the Patriots tagged OSU right-hander Jake Abbott, who made his first-career start, for two runs in both the first and second innings. In the first, the Pats collected four hits and got RBIs from Joel Hutter and Landon Anderson, and in the second, Austin Elkins delivered a solo home run before an RBI single by Boomer Collins gave the home team a 4-0 advantage.
OSU trimmed its deficit in half in the third inning. Back-to-back singles by Gage Green and Saulyer Saxon opened the frame, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. With a pair of runners in scoring position, the next two Cowboys provided RBIs as a sacrifice fly by Hunter Bailey and an RBI groundout by Robbie Rea made the score 4-2.
The Cowboys evened the score in the sixth with a clutch two-out hit by Mark Ginther. With runners on second and third, Ginther lined a game-tying single just over the glove of a leaping Hutter at shortstop on a 1-2 pitch to tie things up at 4-4.
But the game did not remain tied long as in the bottom of the sixth, Ryan Behmanesh led off with a home run over the wall in left field off Cowboy reliever Kenton Bevacqua to put DBU back on top, 5-4.
The Patriots weren’t done adding to their lead as Kenny Hatcher followed a one-out double by Michael Miller with an RBI single that made the score 6-4.
DBU’s final run came in the seventh, and Michael Smith and Stuart Pudenz combined to hold the Cowboys scoreless over the final four innings to seal the win for the Patriots.
Bevacqua suffered the first loss of his career despite allowing just one run in a career-long 3.2 innings as he fell to 1-1.
Ginther and Randy McCurry each collected two hits apiece for the Cowboys.