The No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys (32-16) were left with a bit of a sour taste in its mouths after only playing one game in the West Virginia series, which was a 5-4 loss on Friday. However, the Cowboys used that to its advantage and came out motivated in its final marquee matchup of the regular season, beating the No. 9 Dallas Baptist Patriots (39-10) 11-2.
RHP Conor Costello got the start for the Cowboys and went four solid innings, allowing only one run on two hits. Costello also went 1-4 with two RBI's at the plate batting from the cleanup spot.
OSU got the scoring going in the third inning after Gage Green was hit by a pitch and then was brought home on a double from Donnie Walton. Tim Arakawa then hit a single that brought Walton across the plate to put the Cowboys up 2-0 early on.
The Patriots got on the board when Costello made his only mistake of the game, leaving a pitch over the plate for David Martinelli to hit a solo home run.
The Cowboys got on the board again in the fifth thanks to an RBI single from Costello and another hit from Sluder plated two more runs to stretch the lead to 5-1.
RHP Remey Reed took over on the mound in the fifth and only allowed two baserunners in his three innings of work, lowering his ERA to 0.92 and earning his third win of the year. Reed, in his first season with the Cowboys, is the only pitcher on the OSU staff with an ERA below 1.00.
The DBU pitchers struggled with control in this game, giving up 10 free passes (5 BB, 5 HBP) to OSU hitters. Bryan Case and Jacob Chappell were both hit with pitches to start off the sixth inning and both would score without the benefit of a hit to put the Cowboys up 7-1.
The eighth inning was another sloppy one for DBU. What started with a fielding error and yet another hit by pitch, led to four more runs scoring for OSU directly off of mistakes made by the Patriots. The only hit of the inning was a two-RBI single from Corey Hassel to finish the 11-run day for the Cowboys.
LHP Tyler Nurdin gave up a run in his one inning of relief before RHP Koda Glover finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to lock down the 11-2 victory.
This was the Cowboys second win over Dallas Baptist this season. The other coming in a 10-inning contest that OSU won on a walk-off home run from Ryan Sluder in Stillwater on April 21st.
The Cowboys will conclude the regular season with a three-game series on the road against the Michigan Wolverines this weekend.