STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State used three home runs to power past No. 21 Rice, 12-5, Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The win was the third for the Cowboys against a ranked opponent this season as they improved to 28-20 on the season. OSU’s previous two wins against a ranked team came against Bedlam-rival Oklahoma.
Luis Uribe, Mark Ginther and Davis Duren each homered for as that trio combined to drive in 11 of the Cowboys’ 12 runs on the night.
Freshman Ian McCarthy picked up the win on the mound as the right-hander came on in relief of starter Thomas Keeling and worked 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three to improve to 2-1 on the season.
jumped out to a lead it would never relinquish with three runs in the bottom of the first.
Duren got things started with a double, the first of two hits in the game for the junior second baseman to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. After a groundout, Ginther singled to plate Duren with OSU’s first run, and up next, Uribe blasted a two-run home run to make the score 3-0. The round tripper was Uribe’s sixth of the season and third in the last four games.
Rice (30-18) managed a run in the top of the second, but the Cowboys answered with two more in the bottom of the frame on groundouts by Duren and Nico Rosthenhausler to push their lead to 5-1.
The Owls rallied again in the fourth, getting solo homers from Anthony Rendon and Jeremy Rathjen to cut OSU’s lead to 5-3.
But as they would all night, the Cowboys answered. This time it was Ginther delivering his team-high 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot to left in the bottom of the fourth to give an 8-3 advantage.
Both teams scored their final runs in the eighth. Rice struck for a pair of runs in the top of the inning to make it 8-5, but Duren blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the inning to cap a five- night and seal the win for the Cowboys.
Duren finished the contest 2-for-5 with five s, while Ginther and Dane Phillips each had three hits in four trips to the plate.