STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s baseball team wrapped up its three-game set against Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 loss in Stillwater. The Red Raiders used a three-run ninth inning to win the series’ rubber game.
With the loss, fell to 18-12 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12. Tech improved to 17-18 and 6-6.
Cowboy starter Andrew Heaney took a 3-2 lead into the ninth and sought his first career complete game. However, the freshman lefthander surrendered a walk to Taylor Ashby to start the final frame, causing the Cowboys to go the bullpen.
Reliever Ian McCarthy entered the game and promptly walked Jamodrick McGruder. McCarthy then struck out Joey Kenworthy and got Barrett Barnes to foul out to catcher Kevin David. With the Red Raiders down to their last strike, Scott LeJeune capped the late-inning heroics by driving a 1-2 pitch over the leftfield wall.
The Cowboys had a chance to get on the board in the first inning after loading the bases before Tech starter Jay Johnson got out of the inning unharmed.
However, the Cowboys broke through in the next inning. Rightfielder Josh Botts led off with a walk and came around to score the game’s first run when first baseman Kevin Chambers roped a double off the leftfield wall.
After holding Tech scoreless through four, the Red Raiders got to Heaney in the fifth when LeJeune delivered a two-out single to rightfield, scoring McGruder and tying the game at 1-1.
The Cowboys tagged Johnson again in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs. After David drew a lead off walk, leftfielder Nico Rosthenhausler hit his fourth home run of the year over the leftfield wall to put back in front 3-1.
The Red Raiders drew back within one in the top of the eighth. Barnes led off the inning with a single to center and Michael Reed reached on a base hit as well. Bonham Hough then delivered Tech’s third single of the inning to plate Barnes. However, Heaney limited the damage, getting pinch hitter Stephen Hagen to fly out to center with two runners on to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, designated hitter Dane Phillips led off with a walk. However, Tech reliever Chad Pettis retired the next three batters to end the game and improve to 4-3 on the year.
McCarthy took the loss for and fell to 0-1. Heaney scattered nine hits in eight innings of work while striking out seven and walking two in his sixth career start.
The Cowboys will be back in action on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. when they host in-state rival Oklahoma at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.