STILLWATER – Oklahoma State recorded its first three-game series win of the season Sunday as the 11th-ranked Cowboys knocked off Texas State, 6-3, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The win marked the 900th in Reynolds Stadium history. The Cowboys are now 900-216 (.806) at their current home, which is in its 37th season after opening on April 4, 1981.
Garrett Benge led the Cowboys at the plate as the junior third baseman went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Garrett McCain and Ryan Sluder also had strong days at the top of the lineup to set the table for Benge.
Jake Cowan picked up his first-career win on the mound as the junior right-hander was outstanding in four innings of relief, while freshman righty Jonathan Heasley earned the first save of his career to seal the win.
OSU (4-3) fell behind early as the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in their first at bat, but the Cowboys quickly answered in the bottom of the first.
After back-to-back singles by McCain and Sluder, Benge brought home the tying run with a single through the right side. Up next, Colin Simpson grounded into a double play, but Sluder raced home with the go-ahead run to put OSU up, 2-1.
The lead didn't last long, however, as the Bobcats (3-5) tallied two more runs off OSU starter Carson Teel in the second inning, getting a solo home run from Zacri Sanders and an RBI single by Jared Huber to put them up 3-2.OSU tied the game in the third on an RBI groundout by Simpson and then watched as Cowan dominated the Texas State lineup.
Cowan came on to open the fourth and retired the first nine batters he faced. He did not allow a hit over four shutout frames while striking out a career-high six; the lone runner to reach against him came on a walk.
The Cowboys took a lead they would never surrender in the fifth. McCain walked to lead off the frame, and Sluder then reached on a hit by pitch. After a double steal moved both into scoring position, Benge brought them home with a two-RBI single to left-center field.
OSU plated the game's final run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Sluder.
Following Cowan's gem, Cole Hearrean continued the impressive start to his OSU career in a scoreless eighth inning in which he struck out a pair.
Heasley came on in the ninth and gave up a leadoff single before a one-out hit by pitch brought the tying run to the plate. But the righty worked out of the jam, retiring the next two batters on a fly out and groundout to end the game.
OSU returns to action Wednesday when the Cowboys host Saint Louis at 4 p.m. at Reynolds Stadium.