Designated hitter Mario Matulich broke a 2-2 tie contest with a RBI single to right as Oklahoma State squeaked past Texas-Arlington, 3-2, in baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Reynolds Stadium.
The Cowboys trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth when pinch-hitter Kenny Hansley led off the inning with an infield hit. Shortstop Chris Gutierrez bunted him to second and a balk by Maverick starter Pierce Loveless advanced him to third. Center fielder Lyndsey Simmons knocked Hansley in with a bloop single to left center to tie the game. Third baseman Josh Fields then singled and first baseman John Urick walked to load the bases for Matulich's game-winning base knock.
Oklahoma State improved to 15-8 on the year while UTA fell to 16-13.
Cowboy ace Scott Baker picked up the win in relief to improve to 5-3 on the year. The Shreveport, La., native struck out two and gave up one hit in 1.2 innings of work in his first career relief appearance.
Baker averted a game-tying situation in the ninth when second baseman Chris Taylor led off the stanza with a double to right center. Third baseman Ryan Roberts followed with a line shot to the left side that was stabbed by OSU shortstop Chris Gutierrez who threw to third to get Taylor out. Baker then struck out left fielder Hunter Pence and got center fielder Robby Deevers to foul out to second to end the game.
Designated hitter Dan Dody led UTA offensively with a 3-for-3 day while shortstop Kasey Baker and Taylor chipped in with two hits each.
Maverick starter Pierce Loveless was the tough luck loser to drop to 1-2 on the year. The southpaw scattered six hits over 7.1 innings and gave up three runs, two earned, while striking out eight.
UTA got off to a quick start scoring a run in the first on a RBI single by Taylor that scored Kasey Baker who opened the game with a double off of Cowboy starter Justin Ottman.
OSU tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI double by right fielder Scott Kirby.
Texas-Arlington took advantage of the ineffectiveness of Cowboy relievers to score a run on a bases loaded walk in the sixth to go back ahead 2-1.
Oklahoma State will be back in Big 12 action this weekend against Kansas in Lawrence. The first game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start on Friday, weather permitting.