Cowboys Drop Tech In Series Opener

STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State¹s
baseball team got a strong performance offensively and on the mound Friday
night to knock off Texas Tech, 13-3, in the first of a three-game set at
Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

The win halted OSU¹s two-game losing streak and moved the Cowboys to 18-10
overall and 3-4 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders fell to 15-8 and 4-6 with the

Offensively, pounded out 16 hits and had seven players tally at least
two hits.

A week after working 7.1 scoreless innings and striking out 11 against
Nebraska, junior Thomas Keeling scattered seven hits and two earned runs
over seven innings to earn the victory and improve to 3-3 on the season. The
reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, Keeling worked out of trouble in four
of the first five innings. The lefthander allowed a pair of runners in the
first, second, fourth and fifth innings, but escaped without allowing a run.

The Cowboys manufactured the game¹s first run in the bottom of the third.
Second baseman Davis Duren followed a leadoff single by stealing second
base. Shortstop Tom Belza then singled through the right side to bring home

OSU¹s big inning came in the next frame, with the Cowboys tacking on seven
runs. After leftfielder Nico Rosthenhausler and rightfielder Luis Uribe both
singled through the left side, first baseman Dean Green loaded the bases
with a bunt single. Centerfielder Dusty Harvard brought home OSU¹s second
run after getting hit with a pitch by Tech starter Louis Head. Duren singled
back through the middle and Belza singled off Tech first baseman Barrett
Barnes¹ glove to drive home the Cowboys¹ third and fourth runs,
respectively. Designated hitter Dane Phillips made it 6-0 with another
single to left.

Catcher Kevin David drove a Head offering to the opposite field, doubling to
right field to plate the Cowboys¹ sixth run of the inning and chase the Tech
righthander from the game. Head took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the year.

Roesthenhausler drove home the seventh run of the inning with a sacrifice
fly off Tech reliever Scott Erzinger.

The offense kept rolling in the fifth when Duren brought home Harvard
all the way from first with his third hit of the night, a double into the
left-centerfield gap, for the Cowboys¹ ninth run of the night.

Tech got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth when
Michael Reed, who doubled to lead off the inning, and Bonham Hough came home
on Taylor Ashby¹s double down the leftfield line.

Uribe got the two runs back with a two-run homer over the leftfield wall.
The blast was his third of he season and pushed the margin to 11-2.

Phillips knocked in runs 12 and 13 in the seventh. The freshman finished the
night with two hits and a game-high four runs batted in.

The two teams will square off again tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Stillwater.

Updated 04-10-2010

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