The Oklahoma State Cowboys (28-17-1) lost two of three against the Iowa Hawkeyes (28-16) at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa.
Center fielder Trevor Boone started the series with a solo home run in the first inning of game one. In the third, left fielder Jon Littell drove in a run with a fielder’s choice before third baseman Michael Neusitfter hit a three-run triple and right fielder Carson McCusker hit a RBI single. Finally, catcher Colin Simpson hit a solo home run in the fourth. OSU won 7-6.
Lefty Carson Tell pitched four innings, allowed six runs, walked three and struck out two. Then, three relievers followed Teel’s start, which included sophomore Peyton Battenfield pitching three scoreless innings for his second win and righty C.J. Valera pitching two scoreless innings for his third save.
First baseman Christian Funk started game two with a two-run single in the first before Neusitfter hit a RBI double. Two innings later, Littell hit a RBI groundout before Neusitfter hit a RBI double. In the fourth, Funk hit a RBI single before two runs scored while Boone reached base on a throwing error and Neustifter hit a three-run home run. In the sixth, Neustifter hit a RBI single before shortstop Matt Kroon and Littell each hit solo home runs in the ninth. OSU lost 16-14.
Four pitchers combined for 16 earned runs allowed, 14 hits allowed, seven walks and five strikeouts.
McCusker put OSU on the board with a solo home run in the third inning of the series finale. Then, pinch hitter Daniel DeSimone hit a RBI double in the ninth before Kroon got a RBI HBP. OSU lost 11-3.
Starter Jonathan Heasley pitched five innings, allowed four runs, three earned, walked two and struck out five while earning his third lose before four relievers followed his start.
The Cowboys will travel to Waco, Texas, to play the Baylor Bears (26-17) for a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark.
These games are at:
Friday at 6:35 p.m.
Saturday at 3:05 p.m.
Sunday at 1:05 p.m.