May 22, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma State brought the tying run to the plate against Texas Tech Sunday at Dan Law Field, but pinch hitter Luis Uribe flied out to end the game as the 22nd-ranked Cowboys dropped their regular-season finale, 5-3.
With the loss, OSU finishes in fourth place in the Big 12 Conference standings at 14-12 and enters the postseason 34-21 overall. The Cowboys will open play at the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City Wednesday at 9 a.m. against fifth-seeded Baylor. This year's tourney is a double-elimination format.
OSU outhit the Red Raiders, 8-5, but Bo Altobelli's grand slam in the bottom of the second inning proved too much for the Cowboys to overcome as they left six runners stranded on the base paths.
Randy McCurry suffered the loss for the Cowboys as the sophomore fell to 2-4 on the season. The right-hander worked a career-high five innings, allowing five runs on five hits while issuing three walks and striking out one.
TTU (33-23, 12-15) turned a pair of key double plays in the eighth and ninth innings to help secure the victory. The Red Raiders had three double plays in the game.
Trailing 5-0 entering the eighth inning, the Cowboys finally got to TTU starter Duke von Schamann when Mark Ginther led off the frame with a home run to left field. The blast, Ginther's ninth of the season, knocked von Schamann out of the game.
OSU continued its rally against TTU closer John Neely. Nico Rosthenhausler and Devin Shines greeted the righty with back-to-back singles before Dane Phillips was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.
That brought OSU's leading RBI hitter to the plate in the form of Zach Johnson, but the Cowboy first baseman grounded into a double play. The play resulted in a run for the Pokes to make the score 5-2, but that was all they would get as Ben Flora came out of the bullpen and got Jared Womack to ground out to end the inning.
In the ninth, the first two Cowboy batters were hit by pitches to bring Gabe Weidenaar to the plate with two on and no outs. But once again, TTU induced a double play groundout.
Down to its final out, OSU tallied its third run on an RBI infield single by Ginther. However, the rally ended when Uribe flied out to right field to end the game.
TTU took a lead it would never surrender in the second. After a leadoff walk and a single, McCurry retired the next two batters, but another walk loaded the bases. And the Red Raiders made OSU pay when designated hitter Altobelli stepped to the plate and delivered his first home run of the season to left field, a grand slam that gave the home team a 4-0 advantage.
After managing just one hit through the first five innings, the Cowboys collected back-to-back singles to open the sixth. That brought Phillips to the plate, but he lined into a double play and Johnson popped out to end a potential rally.
The Red Raiders notched their fifth run in the sixth inning. Barrett Barnes led off the frame and after falling behind in the count 0-2, he was hit by a pitch from McCurry, a pitch that ended the OSU starter's day on the mound.
Barnes would steal second and advance to third on a groundout, then come home to score on an error by Rosthenhausler when the Cowboy right fielder misplayed a fly ball.