Roughly 18 hours or so after claiming the victory in the series opener, Oklahoma State dropped the second game of the series with Texas Tech 8-2.
Cowboy starter Tyler Buffett had one rough inning, but that was enough to doom the Cowboys today.
Buffet pitched 6.0 innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on 12 hits. Buffett had two wild pitches, hit three batters, but didn’t walk a man and struck out two Red Raiders.
It was Michael Neustifter for the Cowboys who opened up the scoring, hitting a solo home run in the top of the third inning to take the 1-0 lead.
As we know well and good, no lead is safe if you are playing the Red Raiders. TTU headed to the plate in the bottom of the third and promptly plated four runs.
It would prove to be enough to win the game, but the No. 4-ranked Red Raiders are never satisfied. They added two runs in both the sixth and seventh inning to extend the lead to 8-1.
A Garrett McCain RBI double cut the Red Raider lead to six, but that was as close as the Cowboys got.
Steven Gingery was dominant for TTU today, as he picked up his eighth win of the season to remain undefeated. He pitched 6.0 near-perfect innings, only giving up two hits and one run. He struck out nine Cowboys, while only walking one. He was quick, efficient and dominated the OSU offense today.
The Cowboys did a good job shutting down Hunter Hargrove yesterday, but that was not the case today. Hargrove was 2-for-3 on the day, knocking in three RBIs and scoring twice.
Orlando Garcia also had a good day at the plate for the Red Raiders, as he was 3-for-4 with three RBIs of his own, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning.
The Cowboys did (thankfully) cut down on the errors today, only committing one. In fact, they made a few web-gem worthy plays to take away hits from Texas Tech.
Ryan Cash had a couple:
Garrett McCain had a great assist to keep the Red Raiders off the board, then followed it up with a diving catch.
Up next, TTU and OSU will face off in the rubber match of the series, with the first pitch being thrown at 2 p.m. tomorrow from Lubbock.