Oklahoma State Walks-Off With 2-1 Win
March 29, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State evened the series with a 2-1 walk-off victory over TCU Saturday afternoon. The Horned Frogs stranded 11 base runners in the loss.
A two-out rally in the ninth turned into the game-winning run for Oklahoma State. Alex Young (1-2) erased a one-out single as he picked off the runner for the second out of the frame, but two free passes followed, putting the winning run on second. Tim Arakawa came through with a base hit to center to drive in the run for the Cowboys.
Despite suffering the loss, Young threw well in relief of Preston Morrison. He retired the first eight batters he faced before giving up the one-out base hit. Young finished the afternoon with three strikeouts in three innings pitched. For his part, Morrison allowed a run on seven hits and struck out three in 5 2/3 innings pitched.
TCU took an early 1-0 lead, scoring a run on three hits in the second. Derek Odell opened the inning with a base hit. Jerrick Suiter followed with a seeing-eye single through the left side. With one out, Connor Castellano lined a single into center field to drive in the first run of the game.
In the third, Craig McConaughy got things going for the Cowboys with a lead-off single. Saulyer Saxon moved him to second with a sacrifice and he scored easily on a Donnie Walton base hit, tying the game at one.
After giving up the tying run, the Frogs had multiple opportunities to jump back in front. In the fourth, TCU left two runners on after a lead-off single from Suiter and a two-out walk to Kyle Bacak.
The Cowboys went to the bullpen in the fifth and three of the first four batters reached to load the bases with only one out. Another pitching changed proved to be the right move for Oklahoma State as the reliever got a strikeout and a fly out to end the threat.
TCU got a lead-off double in each of the final two innings but couldn't come up with the hit needed to drive in the go-ahead run. Odell was stranded at third in the eighth and Kyle Bacak was thrown out at home trying to score on a ground ball in the ninth setting up Oklahoma State's dramatic win.
With the loss TCU falls to 15-11 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs will go for the series victory Sunday afternoon at 1. Tyler Alexander will toe the rubber for TCU as he makes his seventh start of the year.