STILLWATER — In the bottom half of the frame, McCurry headed to the plate with the bases loaded and just one out. The senior Cowboy took three straight balls before Missouri State pitcher Erik Shannahan worked the count full. McCurry watched the next pitch go bye — for a ball, and the game-winning walkoff walk.
“I was just looking to hit the ball in the air,” McCurry said. “I wanted to get it into the outfield.”
Oklahoma State scored first in the contest. The Cowboys finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with Zach Fish hitting an RBI single up the middle to plate Tanner Krietemeier, who reached on a double.
Missouri State jumped ahead in the top of the fifth, due to OSU mistakes in the field and on the mound. The Cowboys committed an error and issued four walks in a four-run inning for the Bears.
Starting pitcher Mark Robinette was chased from the mound in the fifth and was replaced by Phil Wilson, who gave up a bases loaded walk to give the Bears the lead before being replaced by Vince Wheeland. Wheeland also walked in a pair of runs with the first two batters he faced before finally getting out of the inning.
The Cowboys had troubles trying to keep up with the Bears despite getting plenty of base runners. OSU stranded two runners in scoring position in each of the first two innings and left 15 runners on base.
“We had some good opportunities early, but I think a result of that is often what a pitcher is able to do and they have good pitching,” Holliday said. “They bared down when the innings got tight. ... But the ability to make adjustments in situational hitting is a growth process that hitters enter into and they have to work through it before it really starts to make sense.”