Cowboys Fall In Season Finale

, Texas – Oklahoma State brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth inning but failed to score as the Cowboys’ 2010 season came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Baylor Sunday at Baylor Ballpark.

The loss marked the seventh in a row in Big 12 Conference play for the Cowboys, who finished 8-19 in the league and 29-26 overall. The loss also ended a streak of 32 consecutive seasons with at least 30 wins for as the last time the Pokes failed to win 30 games in a season was 1977 when they finished 16-28.

Andrew Heaney allowed three runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings and suffered the loss to fall to 5-4 on the season. But despite the setback, the southpaw became the first freshman to lead in wins since Joe Weaver tied for the team lead with eight in 2001.

The Cowboys managed just six hits in the contest, two of those by Tom Belza, who also drove in OSU’s only run.

BU starter Craig Fritsch earned his first win of the season as he allowed just one run on five hits and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, while Brooks Pinckard recorded the game’s final out for his 10th save of the year.

Baylor struck first in the second inning, taking a 2-0 lead on Cal Towey’s two-run home run to right-center field.

squandered a scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth. Mark Ginther and Dane Phillips led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with no outs, but the Cowboys failed to move the runners.

The Cowboys would get their lone run in the fifth. After a leadoff walk to Brad Propst, Belza continued his hot hitting with a triple off the wall in right field to make the score 2-1. The triple also extended Belza’s hitting streak to 10 games.

was unable to tie the score, however, as Belza was left stranded at third base after a groundout and two strikeouts.

The Bears regained a two-run edge in the bottom of the fifth when Jake Miller led off the frame with his second homer of the season to give BU a 3-1 advantage. They added their final run on a wild pitch in the eighth.

Updated 05-24-2010

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