LUBBOCK, Texas – Mark Robinette tossed the first complete game of his career, and Oklahoma State scored three runs in the ninth inning to clinch a series win with a 3-0 triumph over Texas Tech Sunday at Dan Law Field.
With the win, OSU improved to 34-12 overall and 9-8 in Big 12 Conference play. The 19th-ranked Cowboys have won their last two league series and three of their six on the season (with a tie against Baylor in a shortened two-game series).
Robinette's shutout marked the third of the season by a Cowboy pitcher. The junior right-hander tied a career high with seven strikeouts while scattering six hits and not issuing a walk. Prior to Sunday's effort, which saw him toss 131 pitches, Robinette had not worked more than 6.2 innings.
TTU starter Jonny Drozd matched Robinette and kept the Cowboys off the scoreboard through his 7.2 innings on the hill.
But in the ninth, OSU's bats came to life. Zach Fish led off the inning with a double to the right-center field gap off Tech reliever Johnaton Tripp. The Red Raiders then called on Andre Wheeler, but the southpaw balked then walked Victor Romero to put Cowboys on first and third with no outs.
That brought Rick Stover to the plate, and on an 0-2 pitch, the Cowboys' designated hitter delivered an opposite field double to make the score 1-0.
The Cowboys weren't done as, against a drawn in Tech infield, Gage Green singled up the middle to bring home two more runs and push OSU's lead to 3-0.
With the three runs of support, Robinette was determined to take the mound in the bottom of the ninth and notch the complete game.
Robinette retired the first TTU hitter in the ninth before a two-base error put Eric Gutierrez on second with one out. But Robinette struck out pinch hitter Brett Bell, then got Jarrard Poteete to fly out to end the game.
The Cowboys return to action Friday night when they open the Bedlam Series against Oklahoma in Tulsa.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia grabbed six two-out RBIs while Oklahoma stranded 13 baserunners as the Mountaineers took a 9-6 win Sunday at Appalachian Power Park.
The decision and Kansas State's 9-3 win at Texas placed the three teams in a three-way tie for first in the Big 12 standings with two weekends remaining in the regular season.
West Virginia (29-20, 11-7 Big 12) batted through the order in the second to build a 6-2 lead. OU starter Billy Waltrip (2-3) led off the inning hitting designated hitter Matt Frazer with a pitch and loaded Mountaineers on bases after allowing a walk and bunt single. Shortstop Taylor Munden scored Frazer with a sacrifice fly to plate the first of five runs WVU scored in the inning.
The next four West Virginia runs were unearned. With two outs, Brady Wilson reached base when a high chopper was misplayed by OU shortstop Jack Mayfield. Bobby Boyd, Wilson, Jacob Rice and Ryan Tuntland would score before Billy Fleming grounded out.
Oklahoma (34-14, 11-7) opened the game 2-0 after clean-up hitter Jack Mayfield laced a two-RBI double just inside third base the first time through the order, scoring Craig Aikin and Max White who led off the game with back-to-back singles.
Munden scored on a wild pitch to halve the deficit in the bottom frame.
John Means (4-2) took the victory despite giving up 11 hits in six innings.
Oklahoma tested the bullpen with four two-out runs in the eighth. Aikin walked and rounded the bases after singles by White and Oberste. Mayfield smacked his fifth hit of the afternoon to score White. Two at-bats later Lorenzana hit a two-RBI single before Pascal Paul finished the inning for the Mountaineers.
But WVU would distance itself further in the following sequence with Ryan McBroom's fifth RBI of the game; a deep single to second that prevented a double play and plated Wilson.
BEAUMONT, Texas – A two home run game by Jose Trevino helped the Oral Roberts baseball team to a Southland Conference sweep over Lamar, with an 8-6 victory on Sunday.
The Golden Eagles swept an opponent on the road for the first time since doing so against IPFW in 2008. ORU's record improves to 18-26 and 13-8 in conference play, and the Golden Eagles moved in front of the Cardinals (33-15, 12-9 Southland) who entered the weekend tied for first in the Southland Conference.
Guillermo Trujillo entered the game in the second inning and allowed just four hits in six scoreless innings, striking out five in the victory. It was Trujillo's first victory of the season for the freshman.
Nathan Garza got the ball from Trujillo in the eighth, getting the last six outs for his third save of the season.
Trevino struck for the first time in top of the third with the Golden Eagles trailing 4-0, turning on a 2-0 pitch, lifting it over the foul pole for his sixth home run of the season. Two innings later, he gave the Golden Eagles a 6-4 lead with a line-drive shot that scored Matt Brandy and Logan Domenico.
Trevino finished the contest with three hits, six runs batted in and scored twice. Brandy recorded three hits, scored twice and drove in a run in the top of the sixth expanding the ORU lead to 7-4.
Brandy also reached base in each of his at bats, adding a pair of walks as well.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 after the first inning as Sam Bumpers and Aaron Olivas each scored on groundouts. Lamar added two more runs in the home half of the second on three hits.
Down 4-0 after two innings, ORU rallied behind Trujillo, who sat down eight straight cardinals going into the seventh inning, scoring the next seven runs of the game to make it a 7-4 game in the eighth.
Lamar tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth, tallying two runs on four hits to climb to within a run of ORU with one inning to play.
The Golden Eagles added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Tyler Boss sent the first pitch of the ninth over the wall for his second homer of the series. He finished Sunday's contest with two hits.
Lance Warren took the loss for the Cardinals, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing six runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits.
ORU continues its five game road swing on Tuesday and Wednesday as they head to Springfield, Mo., for a pair of games against Missouri State.