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Cowboy Baseball Blows Lead, Lose to Saint Louis 10-7

The defense did not show up

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Arizona vs Oklahoma State Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

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Oklahoma State baseball wrapped up a four game homestand on Wednesday with a 10-7 loss to Travis Ford the St. Louis Bilikens at Allie P. Stadium.

The Cowboys started the game up 4-0. They scored their first two runs in the first without a single hit, after four walks and a hit by pitch. Then in the second, Garrett Benge hit a 2-RBI triple.

Then in the fourth inning, things started to fall apart. St. Louis took the lead with five runs on six hits against OSU pitchers Trey Riley and Joe Lienhard.

OSU tied it in the bottom of the fourth. They loaded the bases, but only managed one run.

In the sixth, St. Louis tacked on two more runs and never relinquished the lead.

Missed opportunities were a big part of the night, with Oklahoma State leaving 10 runners stranded on base. The Cowboys also used 10 different pitchers, something I think hurt the team. Despite solid play from each, Holiday chose to rotate through pitchers early, using five in the first four innings. The team is going to have to start figuring out which pitchers they can trust soon or something on defense. So far Oklahoma State opponents are averaging more than 6 runs a game.

It’s definitely something to keep an eye on moving forward.

With the loss, Oklahoma State is now 4-4 on the season, while St. Louis moves to 7-1.

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The Cowboys head to Texas this weekend for the Frisco College Baseball Classic. The Pokes open against Nebraska on Friday. First pitch is at 7:30. That’s followed by a Saturday game against Arizona* starting at 4 p.m. and a Sunday game against Arkansas beginning at 3:30 p.m. All three games will be available online at ESPN3.

*This will be OSU’s first game against Arizona since the Wildcats knocked them out of the College World Series last season.