Streak Ends at 11 with Cowboys Downing Titans, 10-6
March 14, 2009
Stillwater, Oklahoma - No. 19 Oklahoma State scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to upend No. 6 Cal State Fullerton, 10-6, ending the Titans' 11-game winning streak Saturday night at Reynolds Field.
The Titans and Cowboys split the series in Stillwater with OSU improving to 13-3 on the year with Saturday night's win. Fullerton drops to 12-3 overall, and 6-1 on their current road trip.
Losing pitcher Kyle Witten (2-1) nursed a 6-3 lead heading into his sixth inning of work before Oklahoma State rallied behind a pair of home runs by Neil Medchill and Tyrone Hambly and an RBI-double by Kevin David.
Medchill's homer happened two pitches after he seemingly popped out foul to Titan catcher Dustin Garneau, but the ball popped out of the catcher's glove giving the left fielder another chance at Witten. Two pitches later, Medchill homered to right-center, driving in Doug Kroll who doubled to lead off the inning, cutting the Titan lead to 6-5.
After a single by Dean Green and a fielder's choice ground out, Hambly gave the Cowboy's the lead for good with a two-run shot to left knocking Witten from the game. David doubled off the third Titan arm of the inning in Travis Kelly, knocking in Michael Dabbs who was hit by a Jason Dovel pitch two batters earlier. The double gave the Cowboys an 8-6 lead.
Tyler Lyons (3-0) picked up the win after weathering a 12-hit, six-run Titan attack. The lefty threw eight innings and struck out six to remain perfect in his first three starts of the season.
The Titans made four errors on the night, resulting in four unearned run for the Titan pitching staff. Witten was touched for seven runs, six earned, as he lasted 5.1 innings before giving way to Dovel, Kelly then Kyle Mertins.
Oklahoma State added a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth on a Tom Belza double off Mertins. The Belza two-run knock came after a throwing error on a strikeout by Garneau that allowed a runner aboard and a muffed grounder by Joe Scott with an out already recorded in the inning.
The Titans will conclude their 11-day road trip Sunday with a lone game against Rhode Island on Sunday. The game time has been bumped up to 11:30 a.m. CT (9:30 a.m. PT) to accommodate Fullerton's travel arrangements. Right-hander Noe Ramirez is scheduled to throw for Fullerton.