Cowboys Rally For Win In 11th Inning

It's getting to be old hat for the Oklahoma State Cowboys as they may wait until late but they find a way to come through. They did it again Saturday on Senior Day against powerhouse program Arizona State, winning the second game in the premier non-conference series 6-5 in 11 innings on a walk-off RBI single by shortstop Donnie Walton.

Oklahoma State is now 34-13 overall and still 13-5 in Big 12 play. Arizona State fell to 24-19. The two teams play the final game in the series at Allie Reynolds Stadium tomorrow at noon.

Before the winning run the Cowboys needed some late inning regulation heroics from Walton's double-play partner and clutch hitter Tim Arakawa.

Arakawa has become known for his late inning run production with a key home run in the Kansas finale in the Cowboys last home game prior to this weekend and some other key late hits. Today with Oklahoma State trailing 5-3 in the eighth inning he drove a one-out single to center field to score Tanner Krietemeier to make it 5-4.

Then in the ninth, Arakawa had another chance off Sun Devils reliever Ryan Burr and this time his single to left field scored Ryan Sluder to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

In the 11th inning, Walton got his opportunity for the game winner after Saulyer Saxon was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Arakawa singled as he finished 4-of-6 at the plate and part of almost all that was good for the Cowboys in the game.

Craig McConaughy was intentionally walked and then with two outs Walton delivered with the base hit that fell in left field and ended the ball game with Saxon coming home.

Walton was 2-for-5 in the contest and played spotless defense. The Cowboys won with the six runs on 16 hits and had four errors. Arizona State had five runs on eight hits and two errors.

Tyler Buffet started for the Cowboys but by the end it was bullpen innings eater Vince Wheeland who came on for the win, pitching 4.1 innings and shutting out Arizona State on two hits and he struck out three. Wheeland is 6-0 on the season.

Oklahoma State almost had the winner in the 10th inning when they had bases loaded but Ryan Sluder was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball and then with the bases still loaded freshman Garrett Williams and Tanner Krietemeier struck out, Williams looking and Krietemeier swinging.

Keietemeier had his team-leading eighth home run in the fourth inning to get Oklahoma State going offensively after Arizona State staked out a 3-0 lead early. Krietemeier hit the bomb over the wall in left field with Zach Fish on base for the two-run shot. The Cowboys' other run came in later in the fourth when McConaughy doubled to left field and scored Arakawa from second base.

Arizona State would take the lead again in the seventh inning by scoring two unearned runs off a throwing error by McConaughy. But it all would end well again late for the Cowboys.

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