Cowboys Take Game 1 At Kansas State

Faced with the need to match or top TCU every step of the way through the remainder of the Big 12 regular season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys did that job quite well against Kansas State in the series opener on Friday night at Tointon Family Stadium on the Manhattan campus. Oklahoma State has won six in a row and 14 of its last 17 games.

Also, the Cowboys have won every game they have led in this season and that includes four games in which their only lead was of the walk off variety at the end of the game.

The Cowboys wasted no time as Saulyer Saxon singled to open the game with a line drive to right field. After second baseman Donnie Walton put down a sacrifice bunt to move Saxon to second, Tanner Krietemeier doubled off the wall in right-center field off Cats starter Levi MaVorhis and that scored Saxon for a 1-0 lead.

Krietemeier would score later when Gage Green hit a "Baltimore chopper" to second base where Carter Yagi bobbled it and that allowed Green to get to first and the run to score. It would be all that Oklahoma State would need, but they got more in the 8-0 win.

Cowboys starting pitcher Jon Perrin made the early lead stand up as he pitched a complete game four-hitter and shut out the Wildcats. Perrin really faced little trouble, but did pitch out of runners on first and second in the seventh. He had great command of his pitches all night as he walked just one K-State hitter and struck out 10.

In the second inning, Bryan Case doubled down the left field line to Craig McConaughy to make it 3-0. Then in the third, Gage Green was the fire starter with a double off the wall in right-center with one out. Green would score when Zach Fish singled right up the middle and it was 4-0. Conor Costello singled to score Fish and it was 5-0.

In the fifth inning, hot-hitting Tim Arakawa got to reliever Landon Busch and took a Busch pitch just over the wall in right field for a two-run home run to make it 7-0. The Cowboys used a wild pitch in the seventh to score the eighth and final run in the win.

Perrin goes to 6-3 on the season while K-State starter Levi MaVorhis drops to 5-7 as he lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. Busch lasted 3.1 innings and allowed three runs on three hits.

Oklahoma State stays tied for first in the Big 12 with a 14-5 record in the league and a 36-13 record overall. TCU came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Oklahoma 10-2 and the Horned Frogs are also 14-5 in the conference and are 35-13 overall.

The Cowboys and Kansas State go again Saturday with dogs being invited to join their owners at the game and the first 200 dogs get a Wildcat Frisbee. The Cowboys are set to pitch Tyler Buffet (2-1 and 2.25 ERA) against Kansas State's Jake Matthys (2-3 and 7.39 ERA). The game starts at 2 p.m.

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