Cowboys hold on to lead, beat KU

OSU was able to hold off the Jayhawk rally in the ninth inning, while catcher Jason Jaramillo went yard for the fifth time this season, and the fourth time in a week.



Jason Jaramillo propels Cowboys with a three-run homerun in the sixth.


LAWRENCE, Kan.- Junior pitcher Scott Baker tied a career high with nine strikeouts as Oklahoma State held off Kansas for an 8-7 win.


Jason Jaramillo gave the Cowboys the lead in the sixth inning with a three-run homerun off of Kevin Wheeler in the sixth inning and the Cowboys held off the Jayhawks in the ninth.


OSU improved to 16-8 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12 while KU fell to 21-10 and 0-4 in conference play.


The Cowboys got on the board first in the second without the courtesy of a base hit. John Urick reached base via an error by second baseman Ritchie Price and moved to second on the next pitch after Kansas starter Kevin Wheeler balked. Jaramillo moved him to third with a fly ball to deep right center and Urick scored on a ground ball to short by Mario Matulich.


Kansas threatened in the bottom of the inning when the first two hitters reached on errors by shortstop Chris Gutierrez. Scott Baker got out of the jam with a strikeout and two pop-ups to second baseman Kenny Hansley.


The Jayhawks took the lead with four runs in their half of the third. Lance Hayes was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. He moved to third when Price singled in the hole vacated by the shortstop on the hit and run.  They followed with three consecutive RBI singles by Ryan Baty, Wheeler and Matt Tribble. The fourth run was scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Travis Metcalf.


Matulich got the first hit of the game for the Cowboys in the top of the fifth with a homerun over the centerfield fence.


Jaramillo powered the Cowboys into the lead with a three-run homerun in the top of the sixth. Josh Fields started the two-out rally with a single to left. Urick was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for Jaramillo's blast. Jaramillo showed his defensive prowess in the bottom of the inning by throwing out Hayes trying to steal second.


The Cowboys added three runs that would prove to be the difference in the game in the ninth. Scott Kirby hit his second homerun of the season. The Cowboys scored two unearned runs after Price committed his second throwing error of the game. Jose Virgil followed with an RBI double and Fields added an RBI single. 


Daniel Rew, who relieved Baker in the eighth, made things interesting in the ninth. Rew hit Hayes to leadoff the inning and Price followed with a single. Shane Hawk relieved Rew after Baty made it a one run game with his fourth homerun of the season. Hawk retired the next three hitters in order to pick up his first save.


The Cowboys will square off against the Jayhawks in the second game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.


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