March 2, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State improved to 27-2 all time in home openers at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the Cowboys topped Oklahoma Christian, 10-2, Tuesday afternoon.
Nico Rosthenhausler was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, while Davis Duren and Mark Ginther drove in two runs apiece to lead OSU as the Cowboys improved to 2-1 on the season. Junior Mike Strong worked three innings in relief for the first win of his OSU career on the mound.
Duren also added four stolen bases, one shy of the school's single-game record and the most since Justin Colbert swiped four in a game during the 2004 season. The junior second baseman now has six steals in three games.
OSU got the scoring started in the second. After a leadoff walk to Ginther, Rosthenhausler singled and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Dane Phillips was then hit by a pitch and collected an RBI to make the score 1-0.
The three-run lead lasted until the fourth when Oklahoma Christian (5-5) used back-to-back doubles by Jordan Price and Dustin Andrews to make it 3-1 and drive OSU starter Uriah Fisher from the game.
Strong came in and worked the next three innings, allowing just one hit and racking up six strikeouts. The southpaw did not allow a run.
OSU added a run in both the fifth and the sixth innings, getting RBIs from Rosthenhausler and Duren, before rallying for five over their final two at bats.
Following another walk to Ginther in the seventh, Rosthenhausler blasted the first homer of his career over the wall in right field to put the Cowboys up by a 7-1 count.
OSU added three runs in the eighth, the big blow coming on a two-RBI double by Ginther.
The Cowboys return to action Friday when they open play at the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis. OSU will play three games in the tourney, which is being held at the Metrodome.