The Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-11-1) swept the Kansas State Wildcats (15-17) in a three-game series at Tointon Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.
OSU center fielder Trevor Boone and right fielder Carson McCusker hit back-to-back solo home runs in the third inning. Catcher Colin Simpson finished the three-run inning with a RBI single. Two innings, third baseman Michael Neustifter hit a RBI double before first baseman Christian Funk and designated hitter Daniel DeSimone each hit a sacrifice fly. OSU won 6-3.
Boone and Simpson each had three hits in game one.
Junior Joe Lienhard pitched five innings of one-run ball, which included seven walks and four strikeouts to earn his third win. Then, lefty Brady Basso relieved Lienhard with three innings, which included two runs, one earned, allowed, three walks and a strikeout. Finally, righty Reza Aleaziz pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.
A run scored as Simpson reached base on a fielder’s choice to start the scoring for game two in the first inning. In the sixth, a run scored as designated hitter Jake Taylor hit into a 6-4-3 double play. In the next inning, a run scored as Neustifter reached base on a fielder’s choice. Two innings later, left fielder Jon Littell hit a three-run home run. OSU won 6-1.
Shortstop Matt Kroon had three hits in game two.
Lefty Carson Teel gave the bullpen a day off with a complete game, which included one run allowed, four walks and nine strikeouts. Teel’s gem required facing 35 batters and throwing 142 pitches.
Simpson started the scoring in the series finale with a two-run home run in the first inning. Three innings later, Neustifter continued the scoring with a RBI single. In the seventh, McCusker hit a RBI double. In the eighth, Boone hit a grand slam. In the ninth, Simpson started a five-run inning with a RBI single before Littell hit a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, Neustifter hit a two-run double before designated hitter Cade Cabbiness finished the rally with a RBI single. OSU won 13-8.
Starter Jonathan Heasley pitched six innings with five runs, four earned, allowed, five walks and five strikeouts. Following Heasley’s start, righty C.J. Valera allowed two runs, one earned, in 1 2/3 innings to earn his third win. Then, Aleaziz finished the eighth with a flyout before righty Peyton Battenfield pitched a one-run ninth.
OSU will return home for one game against the Wichita State Shockers (22-7) at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium at 6 p.m.