May 16, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State suffered its fourth-straight Big 12 Conference loss Sunday as Texas A&M completed a series sweep of the Cowboys with a 6-1 win at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 8-16 in Big 12 play and 28-23 overall. Sunday's setback marks only the third time in the 29-year history of Reynolds Stadium that OSU has been swept in a three-game series. The previous two teams to achieve that feat were Texas and Missouri in 2007.
Freshman Andrew Heaney suffered the loss on the mound, allowing four runs on six hits in 6.1 innings of work to fall to 5-2 on the season. The southpaw finished with six strikeouts, two shy of his career high.
Offensively, the Cowboys tallied nine hits, all against TAMU starter Michael Wacha, who improved to 7-2 with an eight-inning effort that saw him allow OSU's lone run in the sixth inning.
Nico Rosthenhausler collected three of OSU's hits and drove in the Cowboys' only run, while Davis Duren added two hits.
TAMU (33-18-1, 12-11-1) jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first when Brodie Greene blasted his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field. Greene led the Aggies with a 3-for-4, two-RBI day.
OSU had a prime opportunity to answer in the bottom of the first as Duren and Tom Belza led off the frame with back-to-back singles to put Cowboys on first and second with no outs. But Wacha retired the next three hitters in order to end the threat.
The Aggies added to their lead in the third, rallying for three runs. Greene picked up his second RBI with a double, and two batters later, an RBI double by Matt Juengel made the score 3-0. TAMU tacked on another run when Joe Patterson scored on a wild pitch.
OSU managed its only run in the sixth inning as consecutive doubles by Luis Uribe and Rosthenhausler cut the Cowboys' deficit to 4-1.
The visitors plated their final runs in the eighth, getting a solo homer from Juengel and converting a suicide squeeze bunt for their sixth run.
The Cowboys return to midweek action Tuesday night against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 6:30 p.m. at Reynolds Stadium. The two teams will also square off Wednesday at 4 p.m. before OSU closes out the regular season at Baylor next weekend.