Cowboys Rally For Second Win Over Huskers

STILLWATER, Okla. (http://www.okstate.com) — Deik Scram's three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted Oklahoma State to a 7-6 win over No. 3 Nebraska on Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The win extended OSU's winning streak to 11 games, its longest since the 1998 season. The Cowboys are now 33-13 and 12-8 in Big 12 Conference play this season. Saturday's victory was OSU's seventh in a row in league play and gave the Cowboys their fourth consecutive conference series win.

OSU trailed 6-3 going into the bottom half of the eighth inning, but leadoff hitter Corey Brown singled through the right side to begin the pivotal rally. Shelby Ford followed Brown's base hit with a single of his own, and Tyler Mach then delivered a third-straight single, this one scoring Brown from second to make the score 6-4.

Up next was Scram, who sent a Charlie Shirek pitch over the wall in right-center field for a 7-6 OSU lead.

In the ninth, OSU freshman Jordy Mercer took the mound and earned his second save of the season — but not before some controversy.

After Nick Jaros grounded out to open the inning, Ryan Wehrle singled to put the tying run on base for Nebraska. Mercer then struck out Brandon Buckman for the second out of the inning, bringing up Luke Gorsett.

Mercer worked the count to 1-2 on Gorsett, but the Cornhuskers' right fielder then lined a shot down the left-field line and over the wall. The blast was initially called a home run by the home plate umpire before being reversed after the umpiring crew got together and discussed the play.

After not getting what he thought was a go-ahead homer, Gorsett singled to right field and Wehrle advanced to third. But Mercer struck out designated hitter Andy Gerch to end the game and give the Cowboys a series-clinching win.

The top of the order paced OSU's offense on Sunday. Brown was 2-for-4 with a home run and scored twice, while Ford was 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and scored three runs. Brown and Ford hit back-to-back homers in the third inning off NU starter Tony Watson.

Mach was 3-for-4 on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Mach's hitting streak is the longest by a Cowboy this season, topping his old mark of 16 games.

Brett McDonald earned the win on the mound for the Cowboys as the senior left hander retired the only batter he faced in the top of the eighth. Brae Wright started the game for OSU, lasting 6.2 innings and allowing five runs.

In suffering its first Big 12 series loss of 2006, Nebraska dropped to 36-8 overall and 15-5 in conference play. Shirek was the loser in relief of Watson as he fell to 3-2 on the season. Bryce Nimmo and Jake Opitz each had three hits for the Cornhuskers, who collected 15 hits in the contest.

The Cowboys will try for their second-straight Big 12 series sweep in Monday's series finale, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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