Oklahoma State Falls to Western Illinois 6-5

STILLWATER, Okla. ? Western Illinois scored three unearned runs in the first inning and held off Oklahoma State 6-5 in front of 1,243 fans at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

WIU (28-34) defeated OSU (33-19) for the first time in 13 tries. Patrick Kohorst earned the victory for the Leathernecks to improve to 8-5. Rod Allen hit two homeruns for the Cowboys in a losing effort and Brent Weaver had a strong outing after he replaced Aaron Whitehead in the first inning. Weaver gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings of work.

Western Illinois took advantage of an error by shortstop Chris Gutierrez to score four first inning runs. The Leathernecks had four hits in the inning with the big blow being a two-run single by Ryan Schmidgall.

Oklahoma State cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first inning. Josh Fields had an RBI double and Scott Kirby also had an RBI in the inning.

Rod Allen made it 4-3 with his team leading 11th homerun of the season.

Western Illinois added two runs in the top of the seventh. Second baseman Rusty Ryal caught a pop up in shallow center that allowed Ryan Cougill to tag up from third base. Josh Fields opened the door for another big inning by misplaying a ground ball at third base allowing another run to score.

OSU answered with two runs of its own in the seventh inning. Allen got it started by connecting on his second homerun of the game off of the screen in left field. Chris Gutierrez and Keanon Simon followed with a double and single, respectively, to make it 6-5.

Nathan Miller pitched the final two and two-thirds innings for the Leathernecks to earn his fourth save of the season. Miller now holds the school record at Western Illinois for career saves.

Oklahoma State will conclude the regular season with a three game series in Columbia, Mo., when OSU faces Missouri. First pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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