The Oklahoma State Cowboys (15-10-1) swept the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (14-10) in a three-game weekend series at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.
OSU left fielder Colin Simpson followed his grand slam on Tuesday with a solo home run to start OSU’s offense in the first inning of Friday’s game. Then, center fielder Trevor Boone hit a two-run home run to give OSU a 3-2 lead in the second inning. Two innings later, catcher Jake Taylor gave OSU a 4-3 lead with a one-run single. OSU continued scoring when designated hitter Michael Neustifter hit a one-run double and Boone hit an RBI single in the sixth. Taylor finished his two-hit day with a walk-off single in the 11th. OSU won 7-6.
Junior Joe Lienhard pitched four innings, allowed four runs and five walks and struck out four. Then, junior Reza Aleaziz relieved Lienhard with two innings of two-run ball, which included three walks and three strikeouts. Lefty Brady Basso struck out seven and walked three over five-scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season.
Right fielder Carson McCusker started the scoring for OSU in game two, the first game of Saturday’s double header, with a third-inning solo home run. Neustifter started a fourth-inning rally with an RBI double. Then, designated hitter Daniel DeSimone continued the rally with a RBI ground out before Boone finished the three-run attack with a RBI single. Two innings later, Neustifter knocked in a run with a ground out to second base. Shortstop Matt Kroon started a four-run seventh with a RBI single. Then, Neustifter finished a four-RBI game with a two-run single before left fielder Jon Littell scored on a wild pitch. Finally, Simpson hit a RBI single and Littell hit a two-run single to finish OSU’s 12-run game in the eighth. OSU won 12-7.
Left-handed starter Carson Teel started Saturday’s first game with 5 2/3 innings pitched with six runs, five earned, four walks and three strikeouts. To earn his second win, lefty Noah Sifrit struck out one and walked three during 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball, in relief of Teel. Finally, Right-handed reliever C.J. Valera closed the game with a scoreless ninth.
McCusker started OSU’s offense for the series finale, game two of Saturday’s double header, with a solo home run in the third inning. In the next inning, Littell scored as DeSimone reached on a fielder’s choice. Then, McCusker hit his second solo home run of the game before Littell hit a two-run double in the fifth. Two innings later, Littell scored as Neustifter reached on a fielder’s choice. Then, DeSimone hit a RBI double before Boone hit a RBI single to finish a three-run seventh. Finally, Sifrit scored on a walk-off fielder’s choice to seal the three-game sweep. OSU won 9-8.
OSU righty Jonathan Heasley pitched two innings with two strikeouts and allowed six runs, five earned, and two walks. Then, righty Peyton Battenfield relieved Heasley with five innings with three strikeouts and allowed one run and a walk. Finally, lefty Cole Hearrean gave up a run without retiring a hitter before Aleaziz closed the game and earned his second win with two scoreless innings.
OSU’s next game will be against Wichita State University in Wichita at 6 p.m.