Oklahoma State Pounds Western Illinois 12-3

STILLWATER, Okla. Oklahoma State scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings as the Cowboys defeated Western Illinois 12-3 in front of 2,568 fans at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium on Tuesday night.

The top four hitters in the OSU (33-18) lineup went a combined 10-for-17 with seven RBIs. Junior second baseman Rusty Ryal led the way with four hits and three runs scored.

Western Illinois (27-34) struck first with a single run in the top of the first. Ryan Cougill hit a two-out double and Blake Schultz drove him home with a single down the right field line.

The Cowboys tied the game in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Jason Jaramillo.

Sophomore shortstop Chris Gutierrez gave the Cowboys the lead with his fifth homerun of the season in the second inning.

OSU added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Keanon Simon hit a sacrifice fly after Rod Allen tripled to start the inning. Ryal and Ty Wright had back-to-back RBI doubles with two outs in the inning. Jason Jaramillo drove in his second run of the game with base hit to center field.

Oklahoma State put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Josh Fields had the big hit in the inning with a two-run single.

The Pokes and Leathernecks traded single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. OSU?s run in the sixth came on a monster homerun by Rod Allen to make it 11-2. John Forrest pitched the ninth inning to close out the game.

OSU will play its final home game of the season at Allie P. Reynolds tomorrow afternoon against Western Illinois with the first pitch slated for 3 p.m.

Western Illinois 1 0000110 0 - 3 11 0
Oklahoma State 11044110x - 12 17 1

Ferger, Whitson (4), Simmons (7) and Tronick. Mason, Ingle (4), Salcedo (5),
McDonald (7), Forrest (9) and Jaramillo. W- Mason 4-1 L- Ferger 3-1 Sv- None . HRs: OSU- Gutierrez (5), Allen (10).

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