STILLWATER – Oklahoma State rallied several times Saturday against Texas State, but the 11th-ranked Cowboys' final comeback came up just short as they dropped a 12-11 contest at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The Cowboys had the tying run 90 feet away with the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Dustin Williams struck out to end the game as OSU fell to 3-3 on the season.
Texas State (3-4) never trailed in the contest, but the Cowboys erased deficits in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to tie the score each time.
The Bobcats got to OSU starter Jensen Elliott for seven runs on 10 hits in the first four innings, though the Cowboy sophomore did record six strikeouts.
Trailing 7-2 in the fifth, the Cowboys rallied to tie the score as they sent nine batters to the plate. Garrett Benge got the scoring starting with his first home run of the season, a two-run blast to center field. Later in the inning, pinch hitter Bryce Fischer picked up an RBI single before Cameron Dobbs' drove in a run on a fielder's choice on a play in which an error allowed the tying run to score.
The visitors regained the lead on a two-run homer in the sixth, but in the bottom of the inning, OSU tied it again. With the bases full, Williams brought home a run with one of his three walks in the game, and two batters later, Wacker sent an RBI single to left to make it 9-9.
Texas State went up 10-9 in the seventh before Dobbs' second RBI of the game came on a two-out single in the eighth to knot the score once again.
In the decisive ninth, OSU freshman Jonathan Heasley walked Jared Huber to lead off the inning, and after a groundout advanced the runner to second, Derek Scheible sent a single to right field. OSU right fielder Cade Cabbiness came up firing, but his throw home sailed over the head of Wacker allowing the go-ahead run to score. The Bearcats then went up 12-10 on a sacrifice fly.
The bottom of the inning saw Ryan Sluder draw a one-out walk before Benge stepped to the plate and ripped an opposite field RBI double into the left-center field gap to make it 12-11.
After a groundout moved Benge to third, Williams went down swinging to seal the win for Texas State.
Wacker continued swinging a productive bat as he went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Benge was 2-for-5 and drove in three runs. Dobbs also finished with two RBIs.
The two teams conclude the series with Sunday's rubber game scheduled for 1 p.m.