'Missour' able loss

After a dominant game one from Scott Baker, the Cowboys went back to their struggling ways on the mound. Despite getting 19 hits, OSU still came up short.

Oklahoma State got a 5-for-5 night from its nine-hole hitter, and 2.1 innings of scoreless and hitless relief from its normal relief infielder but couldn't manage a victory against Missouri.

The Cowboys (29-18, 11-9 Big 12) allowed 10 runs in the first three innings to MU (31-16, 13-9) and never fully recovered, losing 14-11.

"That's the most bizarre offensive baseball game I've seen in a long time," said OSU coach Tom Holliday. "I don't know that we've hit that many balls hard inside of one game all season long, and hit into hard outs. And I don't know that I've seen that many two strike base hits by anybody ever."

Led by first baseman Cody Ehlers and centerfielder Jayce Tingler, both going 4-for-5, the Tigers dropped in 21, much to the shagrin of a maligned OSU pitching staff.

"That offensive approach is very sound," Holliday said. "We thought about it ourselves a lot, and it takes a lot of unselfish people to go out there and with two strikes just hit flares and they did. There's no way to defend it."

Cowboy pitcher Joe Weaver began the game by walking Tingler, and never got back on track. He gave up six earned runs in only 2.1 innings. He was replaced by solid reliever Shane Hawk who allowed an uncharacteristic six runs in three innings.

"I'm concerned about my pitching staff," Holliday said. "The pitching obviously, it was sloppy."

The Tigers jumped out to a 10-1 lead going into before anything, offense or defense, began to produce for the Pokes.

"We just gave them the biggest cushion, and the best feeling they could possibly have being on the road," Holliday said.

However, pitcher Shawn Callahan, normally an infielder, finished the game solid.

"Callahan goes out throws it over the plate, spins a couple, no fear, just the way the game's meant to be played," Holliday said. "Quite frankly he's not a pitcher. We had to kill some innings."

He said the title of pitcher isn't necessary for someone to know how to pitch.

"I'm looking for somebody to come up there and get people out," Holliday said. "I don't care what his number is, I don't care what his name is. Never have never will."

The offense, however, is in no danger. The Cowboys managed 18 hits in the loss. Shortstop Chris Gutierrez sent base hits to all parts of the field going 5-for-5 and scoring three of OSU's 11 runs. His only RBI came on his first at bat to give his team their first score.

"It was just one of those things," Gutierrez said. "It doesn't really matter though, we dropped the win."

Gutierrez hopes that the Cowboys offensive success will carry over to Sunday's game, as does Holliday.

"If they (the pitching staff) don't right themselves, then we're just going to have to score 15 runs a game," Holliday said. "We're swingin the bat like we think we can score 15 a game. That's an awful lot of pressure to put on an offensive baseball team."

The third and deciding game of the series begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Holliday will start junior pitcher Spencer Grogan in hopes of finding some defensive answers.

"And I've got seven other guys," Holliday said. "Somebody, I hope, can show up and pitch."



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