STILLWATER, Okla. -
Oklahoma State (25-8) scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a 6-5 deficit and hand the UALR baseball team (15-17) a 9-6 loss on Tuesday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Ranked as high as No. 18 in the country by Collegiate Baseball, the Cowboys were outhit 9-8 by the Trojans, but belted three home runs in the game, including a three-run blast by Mark Ginther in the bottom of the eighth.
Junior Dillon Wilson took the mound for UALR at the start of the fifth inning and retired the first 10 Cowboys he faced in-order to help UALR build a 6-5 lead. Wilson sat the Cowboys down 1-2-3 in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before surrendering back-to-back singles in the eighth.
With runners on second and third and two outs on the board, Davis Duren hit a comebacker just over Wilson's head which allowed Dane Phillips to score the tying run. Senior John Maler came on in relief of Wilson after Duren's single with the game tied at 6-all, but was greeted by a three-run bomb to left by Ginther.
Wilson (1-2) was saddled with the loss as three of OSU's eighth-inning runs were credited to him. Hunter Herrerra picked up the win in relief for OSU by holding the Trojans to one hit over 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Oklahoma State ran out to a 4-0 lead on Tuesday night, with leadoff hitter Devin Shines starting things off with a solo homer to left in the bottom of the first. OSU pushed across three more runs in the bottom of the second after loading the bases with no outs to go on top 4-0. Duren opened the second inning with a leadoff single to center, and moved up to third as the next two Cowboys drew walks from starter Daniel Golden.
Junior Nick Grimmett was called upon to bail the Trojans out after the second walk, but OSU scored a run on each of its next three at-bats. Nico Rosthenhausler plated a run with a RBI groundout, and Hunter Bailey made it a 3-0 contest with a sacrifice fly to center. Shines capped off the scoring with a run-scoring base knock up the middle, but was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning.
After two scoreless innings against OSU starter Jason Hursh, the Trojans capitalized on a leadoff walk in the top of the third to manufacture two runs and make it a 4-2 ballgame. Junior Cameron Bentley walked to open the frame and moved into scoring position by stealing second. He scored from third moments later on a wild pitch by Hursh.
The Trojans ripped off three-consecutive singles after Bentley scored, the last of which was a run-scoring single through the right side by senior Jake Rowell. The Trojans had a chance to do some more damage in the frame after loading the bases with two outs, but Josh Neilson came on in relief of Hursch and fanned the first batter he faced to escape the jam.
OSU answered in the bottom half with its second home run of the game, a solo shot to left by first baseman Zach Johnson, to go on top 5-2. Down by three, the Trojans rallied for two runs with two outs on the board in the sixth to make it a one-run game, 5-4. Junior Justin Barnes drew a two-out walk from Neilson and advanced to third on a double to right by junior Sean Bignall. With two men on and two outs, Bentley plated both runners with a two-RBI single to center to bring the Trojans within a run.
The Trojans took the lead in the top of the seventh as back-to-back walks by senior Jason Houston and junior Nick Rountree set the stage for a two-out, two-run single to center by senior Casey McCollum. Wilson retired the Cowboys in-order for the third-consecutive inning in the bottom half, capped off by a diving catch in left by Bignall, to send UALR into the eighth with a 6-5 lead.
UALR returns to action this weekend when it travels to Mobile for a three-game series with South Alabama.