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Cowboy Baseball loses first conference series to West Virginia

The Pokes go 1-2 against the Mountaineers over the weekend.

This weekend West Virginia came into Stillwater and were able to hand the Cowboys their first in-conference series loss of the season. This means the Cowboys will move to 19-10 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12 this season. While the Cowboys were able to string together a win on Saturday, it was a disappointing weekend at Allie P. Reynolds.

Friday 4/5- Game 1 (West Virginia 11, Oklahoma State 1):

The Mountaineers opened the weekend series with a win due to fire off the bats. They had 17 hits and 10 RBIs in route to their 11 total runs. Jensen Elliott didn’t have a great outing. He was on the mound for just three innings after giving up five runs on seven hits and just two strikeouts. He had issues out of the gate and his defense wasn’t doing him any favors with errors from Cade Cabbiness and Alix Garcia. On top of all the problems the Cowboys had on defense, Mountaineer pitcher Alek Manoah had a fantastic outing with eight innings. In those innings he had 11 strikeouts and gave up just three hits. The cowboys loan run scored was from Noah Sifrit off of Gabe Kurtzhals in the bottom of the ninth. Cabbiness and Garcia would have the only other hits for the Cowboys.

Saturday 4/6- Game 2 (Oklahoma State 9, West Virginia 5):

Saturday’s game was highlighted by a grand slam for Colin Simpson. After going down 5-1 headed into the bottom of the sixth, the Cowboys were able to put a rally together. It all started on a single for Andrew Navigato that brought in Hueston Morrill. After an RBI walk from Christian Funk, Noah Sifrit would get a fielder’s choice that would score 2 runs to make it 5-4 Mountaineers. In the eighth, he would tie it on an RBI single that would bring home Trevor Boone.

Then Colin Simpson did this...

Those of you that live on Duck street, you have been warned.

Joe Lienhard started on the bump and put together four innings where he gave up 5 runs, seven hits and had two strikeouts.

Sunday 4/7-Game 3 (West Virginia 4, Oklahoma State 2):

The rubber match in this series was a close one. The Cowboys took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning until WVU was able to hit two RBIs and take the lead. Colin Simpson had a heck of a play on defense in the ninth. Oh and did I mention he hit a 2- run homer in the first.

The Cowboys were unable to get a lot of contact on the ball (with the exception of Simpson) ending the day with just 4 total hits. More excellent pitching by the Mountaineers, along with the clutch hitting I mentioned earlier, lead to the W. Kade Strowd pitched 7 13 innings with four hits and 10 (!!!) strikeouts.

On the mound, starter Brett Standlee went six innings where he had five strikeouts. Standlee however would give up four hits and run and walk two batters.

Next up, the Cowboys will take on Wichita State on Wednesday in Wichita at 6 p.m. followed by a road trip to Kansas for a 3-game series against the 16-15 Jayhawks.