Mark Ginther was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in the win.
April 27, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State homered three times, and Mike Strong had a career night on the mound as the Cowboys cruised to a 10-1 win over Texas-Arlington Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cowboys, who improved to 24-16 on the season.
Strong racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings of work to earn the win, while Mark Ginther and Dusty Harvard collected three hits apiece to lead the OSU offense.
OSU took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Davis Duren led off with a single, advanced to second on a balk and then took third on a single by Tom Belza. Up next, Kevin David delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Duren with the game's first run.
In the bottom of the third, Harvard contributed the first of OSU's three solo home runs in the game as he blasted a shot over the right-field wall for his third round tripper of the season. Ginther added an RBI single later in the frame to make the score 3-0.
OSU added a run in the fourth on Dean Green's fifth homer of the season before rallying for four runs on six hits in the sixth inning.
Ginther got things started in the sixth with his team-leading ninth home run of the season, and four batters later, Dane Phillips collected a pair of RBIs with a double down the right-field line to make the score 7-0. Duren drove in the final run of the inning with a single that scored Harvard.
OSU added runs in the seventh and eighth innings on RBIs by Josh Botts and Belza, while UTA (20-22) managed its lone run in the eighth on an RBI groundout off the bat of Preston Beck.
Strong improved to 4-1 on the season, his fourth win tying him for the team high, as the junior southpaw allowed just six hits and walked only one batter.
The Cowboys finished with 14 hits, with every player in the starting lineup collecting at least one hit.
OSU returns to midweek action Wednesday when the Cowboys travel to Wichita State for a 7 p.m. contest.