STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State continued its winning ways Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the Cowboys picked up an 8-2 victory against Missouri State and a come-from-behind, 8-7 triumph over Wright State.
The Cowboys have now won eight in a row and are 12-2 on the season.
Davis Duren delivered home runs in both games Friday and collected five RBIs, including the game winner in the eighth inning against Wright State, and Tyler Lyons and Matt Peck each picked up wins on the mound.
OSU used a pair of late-inning rallies to knock off the Raiders (6-9).
After taking the game’s initial lead on Kevin David’s two-run homer in the third, the Cowboys saw WSU tie the game in the fifth. Tristan Moore led off the frame with an opposite-field home run, and Quentin Cate scored on a throwing error to knot the game at 2-2.
The score remained tied until the seventh, when Cate blasted a solo homer to left to put the Raiders on top, 3-2.
The Cowboys would answer, however, plating three runs in the bottom of the inning. Luis Uribe got things started with a leadoff double and scored the tying run on an errant throw by WSU pitcher Alex Kaminsky. After a sacrifice bunt, Duren crushed a two-run homer over the wall in right field to put OSU up by two.
But as quickly as the Cowboys regained the lead, WSU took it right back with four runs in the top of the eighth. The Raiders loaded the bases on two singles and a walk by OSU starter Thomas Keeling, and Brad Propst was called on out of the bullpen.
Propst couldn’t pitch the Cowboys out of the jam, however, as Moore delivered a two-RBI single to tie the score. Cate then sent a line drive to center field that a diving Dusty Harvard could not come up with, resulting in a triple and a 7-5 lead for WSU.
Once again, OSU had an answer. Mark Ginther led off the bottom of the eighth with a double, and Dane Phillips followed with an infield single. Up next, Dean Green recorded a bunt single, and a throwing error by pitcher Greg Robinson brought Ginther home.
Phillips would score the tying run on a balk, and after OSU again loaded the bases, Duren delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Green with what proved to be the winning run.
Peck picked up his team-leading third win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Keeling worked 7.1 innings and struck out nine.
OSU opened the day with a six-run win over Missouri State.
Lyons was once again outstanding on the mound as the senior southpaw improved to 2-0 with an eight-inning effort that saw him allow just two runs and strike out seven.
The Cowboys used a four-run fourth inning and a three-run seventh frame to put the game away.
Ginther and Tom Belza each had three hits against the Bears (5-13), while Phillips and Duren drove in two runs apiece.
OSU will return to action Sunday with another game against both Missouri State and Wright State.