Oral Roberts stuns top-seed OSU 6-4 in Stillwater Regional
The Associated Press - June 3, 2023 8:11 am
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Mac McCroskey drove in three runs with a pair of singles and a bases-loaded walk, and Oral Roberts sent top-seeded Oklahoma State to the losers’ bracket with a 6-4 victory to close out the first round of the Stillwater Regional on Friday night.
The fourth-seeded Golden Eagles (47-11) advance to play No. 3 seed Washington (35-18) on Saturday. The Cowboys (41-19) will play an elimination game against Dallas Baptist (45-15) earlier in the day.
Justin Quinn plated the first run with a single in the top of the third and McCroskey pushed home a run with a walk to make it 2-0.
Oral Roberts upped its lead to 5-0 with a three-run fifth. McCroskey and Jacob Godman sandwiched run-scoring singles around a bases-loaded walk to Drew Stahl.
Oklahoma State answered with David Mendham’s two-run single in the bottom of the inning, but the Golden Eagles got a run back in the sixth on McCroskey’s single for a 6-2 lead.
The Cowboys used a home run by Meola leading off the bottom of the eighth and a solo shot by Ehrhard with two outs to get within two runs.
Cade Denton walked Carson Benge to lead off the ninth but retired the next three batters — two by strikeouts — to notch his 13th save this season. Reliever Caleb Isaacs (7-0) got the win despite allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Nolan McLean (1-2) took the loss in a start for the Cowboys, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks in four innings.