Oklahoma State Explodes to Beat Missouri 17-7




STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State exploded for 15 runs in the sixth inning to turn a five run deficit into a 17-7 seven-inning run rule victory over Missouri at Reynolds Stadium in Sunday afternoon baseball acton.

 

Jason Jaramillo led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a ground out to shortstop Ian Kinsler. Jaramillo made the second out of the inning and all nine hitters scored in between. Mario Matulich homered to get things started. Scott Kirby singled and Kenny Hansley tied the game with a homerun to right to chase Tiger starter Derek Roper from the game. Chris Gutierrez and Lyndsey Simmons greeted new pitcher Mark Alexander with back-to-back triples to give OSU its first lead of the game. Jose Virgil hit his 10th homerun of the season and Josh Fields was promptly hit by a pitch that issued warnings to both dugouts. John Urick took advantage and snuck a homerun inside the foul pole down the right field line. Matulich began a two-out rally with a single up the middle. Holst was ejected after he hit Kirby. Gutierrez hit a two-run single off of new pitcher Nick Admire. Simmons singled up the middle to score Gutierrez. Virgil doubled and Fields hit a two-run homer before Urick flied out to left to end the inning.

 

The Cowboys sent 18 hitters to the plate and had one double, two triples and five homeruns in the decisive inning.

 

OSU improved its record to 30-18 and 12-9 in Big 12 play, while MU fell to 31-17 and 13-10 in conference action.

 

Matulich and Kirby ignited the Cowboy offense with three hits a piece. Matulich went 3 for 4 with his sixth homerun of the season, while Kirby was 3 for 3 with his ninth dinger.

 

Daniel Rew came on in relief of Spencer Grogan to pick up the win. Rew was ejected after a pitch went behind Mizzou leadoff hitter Jayce Tingler in the seventh, but worked two effective innings to improve to 2-0 on the season.

 

Kinsler wore out OSU pitching by going 3 for 3 in a losing effort.

 

Alexander did not retire a hitter and took the loss to even his record at 1-1.

 

Missouri got on the board first when Cody Ehlers singled through the right side to score Kinsler from third in the top of the first.

 

Kinsler added a solo blast that just cleared the centerfield wall to give the Tigers a two run advantage in the third.

 

Grogan allowed a leadoff walk to score in the top of the fourth. Brad Flanders drew the leadoff walk and took second on a wild pitch. Kyle Johnson drove him in with a bloop single over the head of Urick at first.

 

The Tigers extended the lead in the top half of the fifth. Tingler reached on an error to begin the inning and advanced to third on Kinsler’s double off the center field wall. Ryan Rallo singled up the middle and the ball got past Virgil in center, which allowed both runners to score and Rallo took third on the play. He was thrown out at home on the next play and the Cowboys got out of the inning with only two runs coming across.

 

OSU finally got to Roper in the home half of the fifth. Matulich led off the inning with a double to left center and Kirby followed with a lined shot over the wall in left center. Hansley singled off of Zane Taylor’s glove at third and Roper walked the bases full, but they stayed that way as Roper struck Urick out on a high fastball.

 

OSU has a week off for finals and will resume Big 12 play next weekend against Nebraska at Cox Field in Lincoln, Neb.

 

 


 

 

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