Heck Of A Win For Cowboys

Andrew Heck

Andrew Heck

May 20, 2011

Box Score

LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma State scored all of its runs with two outs, and Andrew Heck drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the 22nd-ranked Cowboys to an 11-10 win over Texas Tech Friday night at Dan Law Field.

 

The win snapped OSU's three-game losing streak as they remained in third place in the Big 12 Conference at 14-10 and improved to 34-19 overall.

 

TTU (31-23, 10-15) had the tying run on second and the winning run on first in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Cowboy right-hander Chris Marlowe struck out the side to seal the win and earn his fourth save of the season. Andrew Heaney picked up the win to improve to 7-3.


 

 

 

Heck was the offensive hero for the Cowboys. The senior was inserted as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, marking his first at bat since March 23, and provided the go-ahead run with an RBI double to right field to put OSU up, 10-9.

 

The Red Raiders would tie the score in the bottom of the seventh, but Heck came up big again in the ninth.

 

With the score knotted at 10-10, Dane Phillips led off the top of the ninth with a single off TTU closer John Neely and advanced to second on a bunt by Zach Johnson. After Jared Womack struck out, Heck stepped to the plate and sent a single up the middle to bring Phillips home with what proved to be the game's winning run.

 

In the bottom of the ninth, Reid Redman recorded a leadoff single off Heaney and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Heaney then worked a 2-2 count to Barrett Barnes, who was 4-for-6 in the contest, but OSU called on Marlowe out of the bullpen to get the final strike. He did just that, then issued a walk before striking out Stephen Hagen and David Paiz to end the game.

 

In a game that saw 21 runs, 32 hits and 19 runners left on base, neither starting pitcher lasted past the fourth inning.

 

OSU's Mike Strong turned in his shortest start of the season as he went just 2.1 innings. The senior southpaw allowed six runs on seven hits while issuing four walks.

 

Strong got into trouble from the start as TTU batted around in the bottom of the first inning. The Red Raiders recorded three-straight singles to open the inning, then took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Nick Popescu.

 

The Red Raiders weren't done as with two on and two out, Paiz helped his own cause with a two-RBI single to push the lead to 3-0. TTU would once again load the bases, but Strong got Andre Wheeler to ground out to end the inning and escape further damage.

 

OSU trimmed its deficit with a two-out rally in the top of the second. Luis Uribe got things started when he blasted a solo home run over the wall in right-center field, his third round tripper of the season.

 

Up next, Gabe Weidenaar reached second when TTU left fielder Bo Altobelli failed to catch a fly ball. The two-base error proved costly for the Red Raiders when Mark Ginther followed with an RBI single to make the score 3-2.

 

TTU doubled its lead in the bottom of the inning, getting a two-out home run of its own, this one off the bat of Barnes. The solo shot, Barnes' ninth of the season, gave the Red Raiders a 4-2 lead.

 

The home run barrage continued in the third, with the Cowboys recording another solo blast. This one came in the form of Johnson's team-leading ninth homer of the year, which pulled OSU to within 4-3.

 

Once again, Texas Tech would answer in the bottom of the inning, scoring twice and knocking Strong out of the game.

 

Trailing 6-3, OSU mounted a five-run rally in the fourth as the Cowboys batted around and collected six hits en route to taking their first lead of the contest. Hunter Bailey and Devin Shines both had RBIs in the frame, while Johnson's two-RBI double put the Pokes up, 8-6.

 

The Cowboys' lead would not last long, however. TTU loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and a two-run single by Bo Altobelli tied the score at 8-8.

 

TTU still had runners on first and second with one out in the inning when Wheeler stepped to the plate and worked a 2-0 count against Blake Barnes. That brought Hunter Herrera out of the OSU bullpen, and the right-hander got the Cowboys out of the jam as he induced Wheeler to ground into an inning-ending double play.

 

The seesaw affair continued with the Red Raiders regaining a one-run lead in the fifth before OSU went back on top on Heck's double in the seventh.

 

The Red Raiders tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but the Cowboys once again escaped further damage by getting an inning-ending double play after TTU loaded the bases with just one out.

 

Neely suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 9-1, while Heaney kept TTU off the scoreboard in his 2/3 of an inning to pick up the victory.

The two teams return to action Saturday at 5 p.m.

 

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