Oklahoma State remained winless in Big 12 Conference road games this season as the Cowboys dropped a 9-2 decision to Missouri on Friday night at Taylor Stadium.
OSU mustered just two runs against Mizzou starter Nathan Culp, those coming on solo home runs by Tyler Mach and Adam Carr, as the Cowboys left nine runners stranded on the basepaths.
With the loss, OSU dropped to 22-13 overall and 5-8 in conference play. The Cowboys are 0-7 in league road games this season.
OSU fell behind early as
Evan Frey led off the Tigers’ first at bat with a single, and Brock Bond followed with a home run over the left-centerfield wall to make the score 2-0. After another single and an error, Mizzou threatened to add to its lead, but a diving catch of a line drive by Cowboy second baseman Shelby Ford resulted in an inning-ending double play to help OSU escape any further damage.
Mizzou built its lead the fourth. Hunter Mense singled, stole second and advanced to third on catcher Matt Clarkson’s throwing error. J.C. Field then lined out to center field to score Mense. But the big blow in the inning came off the bat of Zane Taylor, who doubled with the bases loaded to bring home three runs and give the Tigers a 6-0 advantage.
The Tigers’ lead reached 7-0, on a home run by Jacob Priday in the fifth, before OSU finally got on the scoreboard with the solo homers by Mach and Carr in the top of the sixth. Mach’s blast was his team leading 13th of the season, while Carr now has nine round trippers.
Sophomore Matt Gardner took the loss on the mound to drop to 2-3. The Cowboy right hander allowed seven runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
Culp improved to 7-4 as he recorded seven strikeouts in eight innings of work to help Mizzou snap an eight-game conference losing streak.
The second game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. with the finale Sunday at 1 p.m.