Oklahoma State rallied for three runs the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the Cowboys snapped their Big 12 Conference losing skid with a 7-6 win over Kansas.
Jared Womack’s one-out single with the bases loaded brought home the winning run and ended OSU’s five-game conference losing streak as the Cowboys improved to 15-14 overall and 2-5 in league play.
The Cowboys trailed 6-4 heading into their final at bat but took advantage of wild KU pitchers and their own clutch hitting to get the win.
Trey Whaley drew a leadoff walk to open the bottom of the ninth, and Gabe Weidenaar was hit by a pitch to put OSU runners on first and second with no outs and end KU starter Frank Duncan’s night on the mound.
Up next, pinch hitter Saulyer Saxon laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move both runners up, and pinch hitter Victor Romero was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Hunter Bailey.
And Bailey delivered, working a full count and then roping an opposite field double to right that brought home a pair of runs and tied the score.
After an intentional walk again loaded the bases, Womack stepped to the plate and lined a single to center field to bring home the winning run.
The win capped a 2-for-3, two-RBI night for Womack, who was the lone Cowboy with more than one hit in the contest.
OSU fell behind 5-0 after Kansas roughed up starter Andrew Heaney, who lasted just five innings and allowed five runs on five hits to go along with seven strikeouts and four walks.
The Jayhawks (12-17, 2-5) got to the OSU ace in the second inning, getting a solo home run from Zac Elgie, then again in the third when a two-out rally was capped by a three-run homer from Alex DeLeon to put KU up 4-0.
KU tacked on another run in the fourth, but the Cowboys closed the gap in the fifth.
In that inning, Higgins provided the big hit with a bases-loaded triple to make the score 5-3, and Womack followed with a sacrifice fly to trim OSU’s deficit to one.
KU’s final run came in the sixth before Blake Barnes came out of the bullpen to shut the door on the Jayhawks’ offense.
Barnes worked the final four innings and did not allow a run while giving up just two hits as he improved to 2-3 on the season.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 2:35 p.m. in a game televised by FSN.