Man, what a game. Free baseball ending in a W for the good guys. That’s always fun, right?
Before we go any further, here’s tonight’s game-ending heroics, courtesy of Cowboy junior Andrew Rosa.
This was a big win for the Cowboys over an extremely talented Oral Roberts team. It was the Cowboys that snapped the Golden Eagles’ seven-game win streak, as well as handing them their 10th loss of the season. In fact, ORU was on a 17-2 tear dating back to March 17.
Per the usual, OSU Head Coach Josh Holliday used a pitch-by-committee mentality for the midweek matchup, throwing eight different pitchers tonight, starting with Carson Teel and ending with C.J. Varela, who was credited with the win and moved to 2-0 on the year. It was Trey Cobb who had the longest outing, throwing 2.2 innings before blowing the one-run lead to send it to extras.
It wasn’t a great day at the plate for the Cowboys, as they were a combined 7-for-37 in the game. However, Garrett McCain continued his dominance in the batter’s box, going 1-for-4 with a HR and two RBIs. He also scored twice while walking once and striking out once. His season average of .368 continues to impress as he leads the team offensively.
Teel had a solid start to the game, throwing two scoreless innings while striking out two and only allowing one hit. In the 12 batters he faced, Trey Cobb struck out five of them, walked one, gave up three hits and the one run ORU needed to tie the game in the top of the ninth.
Varela came in to finish the game, allowing one hit in the bottom of the 11th, while recording strikeouts for all three outs in the half-inning.
Power continues to not be a problem for the Cowboys, as four of their seven hits in the ballgame left the ballpark, with McCain, Garrett Benge, Dustin Williams and Colin Simpson all homering for the Pokes. Rosa came close, but instead, the ball one-hopped over the fence for a ground-rule double to end the game.
The Cowboys accounted for four of the seven total home runs tonight, as Brian Williams, Sam Grellner and Harrison Smith all homered for the Golden Eagles.
Here are the full highlights.
It’s good to see the Cowboys pick up the win against a good team, and show they haven’t thrown in the towel on the season yet. Up next, they face the second-place team in the Big 12 from Texas Tech in Lubbock over the weekend. If the Cowboys can claim a series win deep in the heart of Red Raider country, the postseason may not be out of reach just yet.