Cowboys Come Up Short Against ORU

There were plenty of fireworks on Tuesday night at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma State baseball team's bats did not provide hardly any to speak of as the Oral Roberts Eagles ended the Cowboys three-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory. But the real excitement came during two bench-clearing incidents, one of which led to the ejection of OSU pitcher DeWayne Carver in the fifth inning.

The Cowboys managed just six hits and left nine runners on base, including the bases loaded in the seventh inning, in dropping the nonconference contest to the Eagles, who improved to 14-12 with the win. The Cowboys, now 18-8, return to the field on Friday when they travel to Waco, Texas, to face Big 12 opponent Baylor.

Oral Roberts led 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning and had the bases loaded when Carter McQuigg blooped a single into right field. One runner scored and Eagle first baseman Chad Rothford was attempting to come home when Cowboy rightfielder Deik Scram threw a perfect strike to catcher Matt Clarkson. Rothford, still 20 feet up the line when Clarkson caught the ball, dove into the Cowboy catcher's right leg while attempting to score. Rothford was called out, but Clarkson went down to the ground in pain.

OSU head coach Frank Anderson charged the field calling for Rothford's ejection, throwing down a clipboard he was carrying with him at home plate. The Cowboys followed their coach onto the field, and the Eagles made their way out of the dugout, although neither teams reached the other. There were no ejections but the juices were certainly flowing.

Two innings later, after Carver had allowed a massive solo home run by ORU's Andy Bouchie to increase the lead to 5-1, the fireworks went off again. Rothford, making his first plate appearance since running down Clarkson, was hit by Carver on the first pitch. Carver was immediately ejected, but Clarkson then followed Rothford down to first base and began yelling at the ORU player. Again, both benches emptied but order was quickly restored.

The Cowboys would trim the ORU lead to 5-2 on designated hitter John Schindler's RBI single scoring Keaton Simon in the sixth inning. But the Cowboys would not do any other damage, and left runners on the corners when Ty Wright popped up to short and Adam Carr went down swinging.

OSU's best chance to cut into the Eagle lead came in the seventh when the Cowboys loaded the bases with just one out. Scram walked, Corey Brown beat out an infield single and Simon was hit by a pitch. It appeared the Cowboys may get to ORU starter Chris Ashman, who appeared to be tiring. But Ashman struck out Shelby Ford and nabbed Tyler Mach's hard grounder back up the middle and threw him out at first.

Cowboy starter Rick Rivas was making his first start of the season, and didn't get much help from his teammates. Rivas allowed the Eagles to go up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning on back-to-back hits and an RBI groundout. But the third inning decided the game. The Eagles scored three unearned runs as Cowboy second baseman Shelby Ford and third baseman Tyler Mach each committed errors. The damage would have been much worse if not for Scram throwing out Rothford at the plate to end the inning.

OSU's only runs came on Scram's solo homer in the fifth inning and Schindler's RBI single in the sixth.

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