Oklahoma State won their first Big 12 Conference baseball series for the 2017 season when they finished off a second straight win over Kansas State at home to go to 3-6 in Big 12 play.
(This story was written by Wade McWhorter and originated from Oklahoma State University Athletic Media Relations.)
STILLWATER -- Oklahoma State claimed a conference series win for the first time this season Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the Cowboys knocked off Kansas State, 6-3, in the series rubber game.
With the win, the Cowboys improved to 19-12 overall and are now 3-6 in the Big 12.
OSU used three pitchers behind starter Brady Basso, with Jake Cowan picking up the win on the mound and Trey Cobb recording his first save of 2017. Offensively, a trio of Cowboys — Garrett Benge, Garrett McCain and Trevor Boone — posted two-hit performances, with Benge also driving in a pair of runs and Boone delivering a home run.
OSU jumped on the visitors early, plating three runs in the first inning and never looking back. After Cameron Dobbs drew a leadoff walk, Andrew Rosa followed with an infield single. Up next, Benge and McCain delivered back-to-back RBI singles, and later in the inning Benge scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
K-State (16-15, 1-8) scored its lone runs off Basso on a two-out, two-run home run by Quintin Crandall in the third, a shot that cut the OSU lead to 3-2.
Basso, a freshman southpaw making just his second start, worked three innings and struck out a pair before turning it over to Cowan to open the fourth inning.
The Cowboys tallied runs in three of their final four at bats to help seal the win.
In the fifth, Benge drove in his second run of the game with a double, a run the Wildcats answered in the top of the sixth to again pull within one at 4-3.
But over the final three innings, Joe Lienhard and Cobb combined to keep the visitors off the scoreboard, and OSU added insurance runs on Boone’s solo home run to lead off the seventh and an RBI single by Jacob Chappell in the eighth.
OSU returns to action Tuesday at 4 p.m. when the Cowboys host Central Arkansas at Reynolds Stadium.