Cowboys Drop Big 12 Opener

Nico Rosthenhausler was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Nico Rosthenhausler was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

March 26, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to hand Oklahoma State a 14-11 loss in its Big 12 Conference opener Friday night at Tointon Stadium.

The Cowboys used four different pitchers in the eighth, but K-State collected seven runs on five hits to earn the come-from behind win. OSU fell to 14-4 with the loss, while the Wildcats improved to 17-3.

Matt Peck worked just 1/3 of an inning and suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 3-1, while KSU's James Allen improved to 3-0.

OSU snapped a 7-7 tie in the seventh inning on Kevin David's leadoff home run and rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth to extend its lead to four. 

In the eighth, Dean Green led off with a single. After Dusty Harvard was hit by a pitch and David singled, the Cowboys had the bases loaded with just one out. Tom Belza popped up for the second out, but Mark Ginther brought home a run when he was hit by a pitch. Nico Rosthenhausler then drilled a double into the left-center field gap to bring home two runs and make the score 11-7.

The Cowboys couldn't hold the lead for long, however.

OSU reliever Brad Propst retired the first KSU hitter in the bottom of the eighth, but Jake Brown followed with a triple and an Adam Muenster single made it 11-8.

Two-straight walks, one issued by Propst and one by Matt Klein, loaded the bases and brought Peck out of the bullpen. But the senior right hander couldn't stop the bleeding as Daniel Dellasega delivered a two-RBI single to pull the Wildcats within one.

A standout defensive play by Ginther at third base robbed Blair DeBord of a double and provided the second out of the inning, but a single by Mike Kindel tied the score at 11-11.

After Peck issued the third walk of the inning by a Cowboy pitcher to once again load the bases, Kent Urban blasted a bases-clearing double to center field to provide the game-winning runs.

Rosthenhausler led OSU's offense with a 3-for-5, three-RBI night, while David and Green added two hits apiece. Davis Duren extended his hitting streak to 14 games and drove in a pair of runs, while Dane Phillips was 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

OSU starter Tyler Lyons lasted 5.1 innings and gave up seven runs on 10 hits while striking out three.

The second game of the series is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.



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