Four-Run Eighth Inning Lifts Cowboys Past Red Raiders, 5-2
April 21, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. - With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, Oklahoma State's Mark Ginther tripled to right field scoring three runs while leading the Cowboys to a 5-2 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,758 fans at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Texas Tech (22-19, 3-11 Big 12) suffers its fourth straight loss while Oklahoma State (21-17, 7-7 Big 12) improves to 18-3 at home this season with its second conference series win of the season.
Oklahoma State scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to trail Tech 2-1 heading into the pivotal eighth inning.
The Cowboys started the inning with a double down the left-field line and a bunt base hit. The double chased Tech starting pitcher Duke von Schamann, who tallied his ninth seven-plus inning start of the season while striking out six in seven innings of work.
Reliever Shane Broyles then recorded an out with a fly ball to left field. A hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for the Cowboys with just one out as Tech was clinging to a 2-1 lead.
An infield fly followed to Tech second baseman Jamodrick McGruder, which put Tech an out away from escaping the jam with a 2-1 lead.
The next batter was Ginther, who with an 0-2 count hit a line-drive to right field, headed directly at Hanslik - who made the defensive switch to right field after starting the game in left - but after taking two steps in towards making the catch, Hanslik slipped on the grass and the ball went to the wall and scored three runs giving the Cowboys a 4-2 lead.
OSU added another run in the inning on a bunt base hit down the third-base line before Tech ended the inning.
The Red Raiders weren't able to rally in the top of the ninth as the Cowboys claimed game two and the series with the come-from-behind victory.
Broyles (2-2) took the loss allowing three runs on four hits in the eighth while OSU reliever Chase Stevens picked up his fourth win of the season while striking out two in 1.2 innings of work.
McGruder (2-for-4) and Whitehead (2-for-3) each recorded multi-hit games for Tech while Hanslik (1-for-3) and Whitehead were the only Red Raiders with RBI in the game.
Texas Tech will look for a win in game three of the series on Sunday, April 22, with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.