Pinch hitter Jordan Mings' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Oklahoma State to a 2-1 win over Texas Tech in Friday night's series opener at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the first RBI of Mings' career, OSU improved to 20-17 overall and is now 6-7 in Big 12 Conference play. The Cowboys are 17-3 at home this season, including a 4-0 mark in league games.
OSU ace Andrew Heaney turned in another dominating performance on the mound, and Blake Barnes recorded a pair of outs to pick up his fourth win of the year.
In a game which neither team managed much offensively, Hunter Bailey and Gabe Weidenaar led the Cowboys' with two hits apiece, combining for four of OSU's seven hits in the contest.
There would be plenty of drama in the final inning.
In the top of the frame, Heaney retired the Barrett Barnes to open the inning, but a fielding error by Bailey at shortstop and a single by Bo Altobelli put Red Raiders on first and second and ended Heaney's night on the mound.
Barnes came out of the bullpen and put an end to the rally, striking out Stephen Hagen on four pitches and then getting Bryant Burleson to ground out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Trey Whaley got things started for the Cowboys with a one-out walk. After Weidenaar was hit by a pitch, pinch hitter Victor Romero singled to load the bases.
That's when Mings was called upon to pinch hit. The junior delivered a fly ball to left field, and Whaley raced home and slid in ahead of the throw for the winning run.
After both Heaney and TTU starter John Neely kept the game scoreless through the first four innings, the Red Raiders (22-18, 3-10) pushed across what proved to be their only run in the fifth on a two-out RBI single by Nick Hanslik.
TTU held the 1-0 lead until the sixth, when the Cowboys used a two-run rally of their own to tie the score. Bailey collected a two-out single and was followed by Robbie Rea, who walked. Up next, Jared Womack worked a full count and then sent a single up the middle to bring home Bailey with the tying run.
Heaney finished his night after 8.1 innings in which he allowed just one run on six hits. He struck out nine, the eighth time in 10 starts this season that he has recorded at least eight Ks, and walked two.
Barnes is now 3-1 with a save in seven Big 12 appearances this season.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 2 p.m.
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