Tempe, AZ. - After 10 innings, the Oklahoma State Cowboys fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils 4-3 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Junior Sun Devil Colby Woodmansee hit a walk-off home run in the bottom half of the inning to end the game in front of 4,253 screaming fans.
"It's always tough to lose a game like that, but what you have to look at is the type of baseball game our young club has already had the chance to experience," said Coach Holliday said via okstate.com.
And what an experience it was.
The Cowboys trailed by two in the top of the fifth when Corey Hassel hit a two-out, two-RBI double into right-center field, allowing Jacob Chappell and Jon Littell to tie up the score.
The Pokes took their first lead of the contest when Conor Costello scored on RBI infield single by Kevin Bradley in the sixth, making the score 3-2 in favor of OSU.
The lead was not permanent, however, as ASU Junior Jordan Aboites plated Johnny Sewald off of an RBI double to tie up the score 3-3 in the eighth.
From then on, it was a story of missed opportunities.
The Cowboys were in perfect scoring position on two occasions. In the top of the ninth, OSU had the bases loaded and no outs, only to come up empty. In the following inning, the Pokes had a man on third and one out, but could not muster up a run to take the lead.
That's when Arizona State took advantage, ending the game with Woodmansee's walk-off home run.
"We put ourselves in position to put a run across in the final innings only to come up a little short," Holliday said to okstate.com. "Our kids are disappointed, I'm disappointed. But we came out here for this kind of baseball. You put yourself out there in game one against a very good team, and you might have to deal with this type of reality quicker than you had protected yourself and not played somebody as capable."
The Cowboys will try to even up the series today at 2PM CT at Phoenix Municipal, and will end out the series tomorrow at 1:30 PM CT.