Carr's 10th-Inning Homer Lifts Cowboys

MALIBU, Calif. (OSU Athletics ) – Adam Carr led off the top of the 10th inning with what proved to be the game-winning home run, and freshman Jordy Mercer picked up his first career win on the mound as Oklahoma State topped 23rd-ranked Pepperdine, 3-2, on Sunday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

With the win, the Cowboys salvaged the final game of the three-game series and improved to 10-4 on the season. The Waves dropped to 12-10.

Clinging to a 2-1 lead entering the eighth inning, Pepperdine appeared headed for a series sweep. But Carr singled to lead off the frame for the Cowboys and was bunted over to second base by Rebel Ridling. Later in the inning, Corey Brown delivered a two-out single to center field to score Carr and tie the score.

With the score knotted at 2-2, OSU called on Mercer out of the bullpen with one on and no outs in the bottom of the eighth.

Coming on in relief of starter Matt Gardner and making the first pitching appearance of his collegiate career, Mercer got some immediate help when catcher Matt Clarkson threw out David Uribes trying to steal second. After hitting Luke Salas with a pitch, Mercer got Chad Tracy to ground into a double play to get out of the inning unscathed.

A scoreless ninth sent the game into extra innings, and Carr would provide the heroics to help get Mercer and the Cowboys the win.

In the top of the 10th inning, Carr crushed the first pitch he saw from Pepperdine reliever Brett Hunter over the left-field wall for the decisive 3-2 lead.

Mercer, who has started eight games at shortstop for the Cowboys this season, struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the 10th and then got David Uribes to fly out to center for the game's final out. In picking up the win, the right hander from Taloga hurled three innings of scoreless relief and recorded four strikeouts.

The loss marked the first of Hunter's career. The freshman closer, who entered the game with a 2-0 record and four saves, came on in relief of Pepperdine starter Adam Olbrychowski with two outs in the eighth inning.

In a third-straight game in which runs and hits were hard to come by for both teams, OSU collected eight hits. Half of those were from Brown as the Cowboys' sophomore center fielder went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Carr finished 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.

Gardner was solid on the hill for the Cowboys as he lasted seven innings, striking out five and allowing just two runs.

OSU returns to action Tuesday when the Cowboys host San Diego State, coached by former Major League Baseball star Tony Gwynn, in the first of a two-game set at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Tuesday's first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., as is Wednesday's series finale.

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