Oklahoma State was two outs away from a series win Sunday at TCU, but a pinch-hit, three-RBI double gave the Horned Frogs a 3-2 victory over the 22nd-ranked Cowboys at Lupton Stadium.
With the bases loaded and OSU leading 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Brett Johnson delivered a Brendan McCurry pitch over the head of Cowboy center fielder Jarrett Higgins, and Dylan Fitzgerald slid home with the winning run just ahead of the relay throw to give TCU the win.
OSU stranded 15 runners on the base paths in the loss and was shutout over the final seven innings as coach Josh Holliday's club dropped its second-straight Big 12 series.
With the loss, OSU fell to 24-10 overall and 5-6 in Big 12 Conference play, while TCU is now 16-20 and 5-7 in the league.
The loss spoiled a strong effort from OSU starter Tyler Nurdin, who came up shy of his first-career win. Pitching in his hometown, the sophomore southpaw worked a career-long 7.1 innings without allowing a run. He struck out seven, one shy of his career high, and gave up just five hits before being relieved by McCurry with one out in the eighth.
In the decisive ninth inning, McCurry surrendered back-to-back singles to Jantzen Witte and Kevin Cron, with the runners advancing to second and third on Cron's hit following an error by Higgins.
Up next, McCurry got Derek Odell to line out to shortstop before Fitzgerald was intentionally walked to load the bases.
That brought Johnson to the plate, and after working the count full, he delivered the bases clearing double to earn the series win for the Frogs.
OSU scored its runs in the first two innings, and both were of the unearned variety.
Saulyer Saxon led off the game with a single and scored on a two-out infield single by Tanner Krietemeier after Odell was unable to handle a throw at first base.
The Cowboys pushed their lead to 2-0 in the second when Robbie Rea, who was hit by a pitch to open the inning, later scored on a wild pitch.
OSU finished with seven hits in the contest, with Donnie Walton and Trey Whaley collecting two apiece, but over the final seven innings the Cowboys left 14 runners on base.
The blown save and loss dropped McCurry to 3-2 on the season. The junior righty entered the game having allowed just one earned run in 14 appearances.
OSU returns to action Tuesday when the Cowboys travel to Springfield, Mo., to take on Missouri State.
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