STILLWATER — The Shockers have won six of seven since falling to the Cowboys a few weeks ago, and with as clutch as Wichita State hit Tuesday, it’s easy to see why.
Wichita State beat Oklahoma State 13-6 in O’Brate Stadium thanks in large part to the Shockers hitting .533 (8-for-15) with runners in scoring position. The Cowboys hung with Wichita State in the hitting department. Both teams had 13 hits, but OSU left 12 on base and was 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
“You’ve probably had some good days — every now and then you have a bad day,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “The bad day wakes you back up, so you can get back in line to have more good days. We all go through it. It’s universal thing. Baseball teaches us through competition how real that is.”
The Shockers had two home runs on the night, both of which came from Oklahomans.
The towering Payton Tolle, out of Bethany High, sent a laser deep over the right-field wall in the first inning. A two-way player for the Shockers, Tolle is hitting .368 on the year and has six home runs.
Brock Rodden, out of Oktaha, gave Wichita State a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning with his grand slam that just got over the center-field wall. Rodden is hitting .342 on the season and it was his team-leading eighth home run of the year.
The Cowboys finally going in the bottom of that fourth inning when Marcus Brown grounded out with the bases loaded before Chase Adkison had a two-RBIs single to right to make it 7-3.
The Cowboys scored one run in the six and nearly had three more. David Mendham hit a ball high and deep to left-center, but Wichita State center fielder Kyte McDonald caught it with his back against the wall. That would’ve tied the game at 7 had a stiffer breeze came by. It could’ve changed the whole game.
If there was some good from this game dragging out for longer than three and a half hours, it was that true freshman Nolan Schubart had an RBI single in the eighth that extended his on-base streak to 20 games.
Ryan Bogusz started on the mound for the Pokes, as he continues to work his way back from injury. It wasn’t his best outing, going only two innings where he gave up two runs on five hits.
From there the Cowboys used seven out of their bullpen with no one going longer than two innings.
The Cowboys are back in action this weekend with a Big 12 series against TCU in Fort Worth. With Easter being Sunday, this weekend’s series will go Thursday-Friday-Saturday. First pitch Thursday is scheduled 6 p.m.