Oklahoma State Baseball: Cowboys Pitching Combines for One Hitter

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Courtesy Oklahoma State Athletics

WACO, Texas – Three No. 23 Oklahoma State Cowboys pitchers combined to pitch a one-hitter as the Cowboys stave of a sweep at the hands of the Baylor Bears and win 4-1. The game featured two rain delays that totaled nearly four and a half hours and forced both starting pitchers to short outings.

Baylor would put small ball to work again in the first inning as they had so effectively throughout the series. Lawton Langford (Sr., 2B) led off the first inning with a walk and advanced to third on a sac bunt and a groundout. Langford would score on a single by Matt Menard (RFr., C) to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. The Cowboys would make sure this was the only Bears’ hit of the day.

The rains would come and so would the bullpens, but the runs wouldn’t arrive until the top of the sixth inning when Oklahoma State’s Gage Green (Jr., C) would score from third on a sac bunt by Donnie Walton (So., SS) after leading the inning off with a double and advancing to third on Tim Arakawa‘s (Jr., 2B) bunt single. Arakawa stole third and would score on a wild pitch by Daniel Castano (Fr., LHP) to give the Cowboys a 2-1 lead.

Castano would finish four relief innings with two earned runs allowed and two strike outs. Oklahoma State would score two more in the ninth as Conor Costello (So., DH) scored on a Ryan Sluder (Fr., LF) single to right field after reaching on an infield single. Sluder would score on a single by Green to extend the lead to 4-1.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys’ pitching kept Baylor shut down. Tyler Buffett (Fr., RHP) pitched four innings allowing only a walk while striking out four, retiring 12 in a row after a walk. Garrett Williams (Fr., LHP) closed out with four perfect innings, retired 12 hitters in a row as well, as the two combined with Thomas Hatch (Fr., RHP) on a one-hitter. Hatch pitched an inning before the rains came recording a strike out.

Oklahoma State improves to 1-2 in Big 12 play and will host TCU (1-2 in the Big 12) next weekend. Baylor falls to 4-2 in the Big 12 and plays at West Virginia who has yet to play a conference game.

Big 12 Baseball Scores

Texas Tech Red Raiders 12, TCU Horned Frogs 2

Texas Tech wins series 2-1

Texas Tech Notables

  • Texas Tech improves to 3-3 in the Big 12
  • Chris Sadberry (RJr., LHP) W 3-1, 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, K
  • Bryant Burleson (Jr., 2B) 2-for-5, 2 2B, R, 5 RBI
  • Texas Tech (3-3 in the Big 12) hosts No. 22 Texas (1-2 in the Big 12) next weekend

TCU Notables

  • TCU falls to 1-2 in the Big 12
  • Tyler Alexander (Fr., LHP) L 3-2, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, 7 K
  • Dylan Fitzgerald (Sr., RF) 2-for-3, R
  • TCU (1-2 in the Big 12) plays at Oklahoma State (1-2 in the Big 12) next weekend

Kansas State Wildcats 5, Oklahoma Sooners 0

Oklahoma wins series 2-1

Kansas State Notables

  • Kansas State improves to 1-2 in the Big 12
  • Nate Griep (RFr., RHP) W 2-0, 9.0 IP, 3 H, BB, K
  • Ross Kivett (Sr., CF) 3-for-5, R, RBI
  • Kansas State (1-2 in the Big 12) plays at Creighton next weekend

Oklahoma Notables

  • Oklahoma falls to 2-1 in the Big 12
  • Jake Elliott (Fr., RHP) L 2-3, 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Hunter Haley (So., LF) 2-for-4
  • Oklahoma (2-1 in the Big 12) plays at Kansas (2-1 in the Big 12) next weekend

Dartmouth Big Green 3, Kansas Jayhawks 2

Kansas wins the series 2-1

Kansas Notables

  • Frank Duncan (Sr., RHP) ND, 7.0 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K
  • Jordan Piche’ (Sr., RHP) L 3-1, 2.1 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K
  • Blair Beck (Jr., 1B) 2-for-5, RBI
  • Kansas (2-1 in the Big 12) hosts Oklahoma (2-1 in the Big 12) next weekend

UNC Wilmington Seahawks 13, West Virginia Mountaineers 10

UNC Wilmington wins series 2-1

West Virginia Notables

  • Zach Bargeron (RSr., LHP) ND, 1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER
  • Corey Walter (Sr., RHP) L 0-3, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, K
  • Billy Fleming (Jr., 2B) 4-for-5, 2 R, RBI
  • West Virginia (0-0 in the Big 12) hosts Baylor (4-2 in the Big 12) next weekend

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Mark West
Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MarkWestCBC Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC