The Oklahoma State Cowboys (15-11-1) lost to the Wichita State Shockers (20-6) 7-5 at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kansas, on Wednesday.
Oklahoma State center fielder Trevor Boone scored the first run for the Cowboys in the third inning with a RBI single. Later in the inning, right fielder Carson McCusker finished the two-run rally with a RBI double. Boone continued his third-inning effort with another RBI single in the fourth. Two innings later, pinch hitter Michael Neustifter pulled OSU within one run with a RBI single before McCusker tied the game with a RBI double. OSU lost its tie with Wichita when it gave up a two-run home run in the seventh. OSU lost 7-5.
OSU starter C.J. Valera started the game with two innings of two-run ball, which included three walks and a couple of strikeouts. Then, lefty Noah Sifrit gave up three runs, two hits and walked one. Sifrit did this without retiring any Shockers. Following Sifrit’s struggles, sophomore Peyton Battenfield gave the Cowboys a chance with four, scoreless innings, which included zero walks and four strikeouts. Then, lefty Ryan Van Leeuwen earned his first loss while allowing two walks and two earned runs in 2/3 innings of work before junior Reza Aleaziz pitched a scoreless four-out appearance.
OSU will finish its four-game road trip April 6-8 at Frank Myers Field against the Kansas State Wildcats (15-14).