STILLWATER — Oklahoma State blasted the Braves in the opener with Robbie Rea, who came hitting 2 for 13, got a big three-run, two-out triple in the bottom of the first to set the tone.
It wouldn't be the only clutch two-out hit of the night. In the second game of the doubleheader, Trey Whaley gave OSU some breathing room in the seventh inning with a three-run, two-out pinch-hit home run into the net above the left field wall.
While Rea and Whaley delivered knockout punches, OSU first baseman Tanner Krietemeier, a junior college transfer from Iowa Western Community College, continued to prove to be invaluable in the heart of the Cowboy lineup.
A day after earning Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week honors thanks to a big series against UNM, Krietemeier carried over his hot start, going 5 for 9 with four RBIs in the twinbill.
“Tanner keeps crushing the ball. He's been huge for us,” Holliday said. “... He had a great fall and has picked up from where he left off in the fall. He gave us reason to think that this was a possibility.”
With the Cowboys far from being the perfect team they will need for conference play in the middle of March, they will get a chance to continue to hone their talent this weekend with a three-game home series against New Jersey Institute of Technology.
“We've just got to try to fix the mistakes that we've been making,” Krietemeier said. “We've got to try to perfect our game, all around, and not look at the name on the jersey of the opponent but just play the best we can.”