OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma State scored early and hung on late to emerge with a 4-3 with over 14th-ranked Oklahoma Saturday night in front of 9,530 fans at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
With the win, the Cowboys evened the series against their Bedlam rivals to set up a series-deciding finale Sunday at 4:05 p.m. is now 27-19 on the season, which includes an 8-12 mark in Big 12 Conference play.
scored all of its runs in the third inning and got a strong pitching performance from Brad Propst before freshman Andrew Heaney came on in a pressure-filled situation in the ninth inning and recorded the first save of his career.
The Sooners (34-13, 11-10) trailed 4-3 with runners on second and third and just one out in the ninth, but Heaney struck out Chris Ellison and Caleb Bushyhead to end the game.
For the second-straight game, the Cowboys struck first as Luis Uribe led off the top of the third with a solo home run into the bullpen in left-centerfield. The blast was Uribe’s second of the series and fifth of the season.
The Cowboys were not done as they rallied for three more runs in the third and knocked OU starter Bobby Shore out of the game after just 2.1 innings.
Following Uribe’s homer, four-straight Cowboys collected hits. Tom Belza got things started with a double, and following an infield single by Dusty Harvard, Davis Duren brought home OSU’s second run with a single.
Josh Botts’ bunt single loaded the bases before the Sooners finally recorded the first out of the inning. Up next, Nico Rosthenhausler collected two s with a single that made the score 4-0.
That score held up until the bottom of the eighth thanks to Propst. The junior right hander entered the eighth with a shutout intact and quickly retired the first two hitters of the frame.
But then Ellison collected an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by shortstop Tom Belza. Up next, Bushyhead singled to bring home OU’s first run and end Propst’s stint on the mound.
Ian McCarthy came out of the bullpen and promptly surrendered a single to put Sooners on first and second before getting Cameron Seitzer to fly out to end the inning without further damage.
With the Cowboys leading 4-1, Max White led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run to left field to cut OU’s deficit in half.
Following a single, Heaney came out of the bullpen but surrendered a walk to put OU runners on first and second with no outs. Danny Black’s base hit made the score 4-3 before a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Ricky Eisenberg put Sooners on second and third with one out.
But Heaney rose to the occasion with back-to-back strikeouts to end the rally.
Propst, in only the third start of his career, picked up the win to improve to 2-1 as the righty worked 7.2 innings and allowed just one run on six hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out a season-high seven, which also fell just one shy of his career best.
Belza led the Cowboys with a 3-for-4 night at the plate, while Dean Green had two hits.