STILLWATER — It wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Oklahoma State baseball team got the test — and the win — it needed as it prepares to open conference play against defending Big 12 champion Baylor this weekend.
Oklahoma State scored four runs in the first three innings — including three in the third — as the Cowboys held off Southeastern Oklahoma 5-3 Wednesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
“Playing close games was great for us,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said. “It gave Brendan (McCurry) a chance to get a save. It gave our offense a chance to feel a little bit of pressure to create some more runs, because you never want to let a team hang around and be a run down going into the ninth inning. So close games are good for us and the fact that their pitchers threw well and competed very well, it was great.”
Gage Green scored two runs and stole three bases as Cowboys scattered four hits to Southeastern’s seven. The Pokes (18-3) were also aided by three Southeastern errors, the last being Trevor Bowen’s crucial drop on a popfly that allowed Saulyer Saxon to score a key insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.
“You think the guy is going to catch it, but our coaches tell us to run everything out,” Green said. “I was on second and rounded it out and the next thing I know (Saxon) ended up scoring.”
Oklahoma State struck first as Tanner Krietemeier singled home Green in the top of the first. The Cowboys threatened to add more, but couldn’t come up with the timely hit as Zach Fish and Victor Romero were stranded at the corners.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Oklahoma State’s bats finally started to heat up in the bottom of the third. Thanks to RBI singles from Randy McCurry and Saxon, the Cowboys sent nine batters to the plate and tallied three runs on three hits. All three of Oklahoma State’s runs came with two outs, but the Cowboys did leave the bases loaded.