STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s baseball team dropped the middle game of its series with Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon, falling 5-4 to the Red Raiders in Stillwater.
With the loss, dipped to 18-11 overall and 3-5 in Big 12 play, while Tech improved to 16-18 and 5-6.
The Cowboys got to Tech starting pitcher Bobby Doran early with a run in the first. Leadoff hitter Davis Duren singled through the left side and advanced to third on a single by Tom Belza before coming home on a sacrifice fly by Mark Ginther.
However, Doran settled in the rest of the way, allowing just two hits over his final 5.1 innings of work. The righthander moved to 2-2 on the year with the win. Chad Bettis worked 2.2 innings in relief and did not allow a hit en route to his fifth save of the season.
In the top of the second, the Red Raiders answered with a run of their own as Jeremy Mayo came all the way around from first to score on a double off the rightfield wall by Michael Reed.
Mayo struck again in the top of the fourth with a home run just inside the foul pole in leftfield to put Tech in front, 2-1. After two walks and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases, Jamodrick McGruder drew another walk off Cowboy starter Tyler Lyons to push the Red Raider margin to 3-1.
The Cowboys answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to knot the score at 3-3. Nico Rosthenhausler followed a walk to Kevin David with a two-run blast over the leftfield wall. The homer was the third of the season for the leftfielder.
Tech moved back in front with its fourth run of the day in the fifth. Barrett Barnes opened the inning with bunt single before scoring on a two-out single by Reed.
The Red Raiders added to their lead when Mayo led off the seventh with a solo shot to left. The Tech catcher finished with a 2-for-4 day and scored three times.
The Cowboys got one run back in their half of the inning off Bettis, who came on with one out in the inning. Dean Green reached on an error before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Duren, who lined a ball to rightfield that was caught by a diving Hough.
The Cowboys threatened again in the eighth, putting a pair of runners on but were unable to push a run across.
Lyons took the loss for and fell to 2-2 on the year. Righthander Brad Propst worked 2.1 solid innings in relief and allowed no hits or runs.
The two teams will close out the series with tomorrow’s rubber game at 1 p.m. in Stillwater.