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OSU Baseball: Cowboys Tie Series with 6-2 Win over No. 18 TCU

The Cowboys came out swinging and then Brian Holiday finished things off.

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The Cowboys came out swinging and then leaned on their ace for the win, but it wasn’t without some late drama.

Oklahoma State defeated No. 18 TCU 6-2 on Friday to tie the weekend series.

Brian Holiday moved into first place in the Big 12 in innings pitched, throwing a complete game and moving to 2-1 on the season. OSU’s ace struck out a career-high 14 batters, allowed just four hits and two runs and not a single walk.

The Cowboys started hot, scoring four in the first and then added two more in the eighth to keep the Horned Frogs at bay. Aidan Meola went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and Jaxson Crull and Carson Benge each logged an RBI. Kollin Ritchie went just 1-for-5, but that one was a three-run deep ball.

Benge doubled on his first outing, and then Nolan Schubart walked. Meola got the Cowboys on the board with an RBI to left field, then Ritchie cleaned the bases up with a three-run homer on his first swing to take a 4-0 lead. TCU didn’t leave home plate in the first six innings.

After starting out otherworldly, Holiday came back to earth just a bit. TCU scored on an RBI double by Anthony Silva in the seventh to pull within 4-1. In the eighth, Holiday gave up base hits to the first two batters, bringing the tying score to the plate. TCU’s Karson Bowen bunted to try to load the bases but was out at first. Then Peyton Chatagnier pulled it to within 4-2 with a ground out to first. Holiday was able to stop the bleeding with a strikeout, but arms were warming up in OSU’s bullpen.

The Horned Frogs used five different pitchers (including three in the eighth) as they tried to hang in for a chance to earn a series win. OSU’s batters, it appears, were not interested in a pitching change on their side.

Lane Forsythe singled to center and then stole second before Charlie Carter was walked. Zach Ehrhard tapped an RBI single through left to push the lead to 5-2 and then a Carson Benge walk loaded the bases with just one out. Schubart struck out before Meola was walked for a sixth run. Ritchie grounded out to end a back-and-forth inning that ultimately went the Cowboys’ way.

With the lead extended, Cowboy coaches chose to ride Holiday, who pitched OSU’s first complete game of the season. He would pull it out, but not without a little more drama.

In the top of the ninth, Holiday flied out TCU’s Kurtis Byrne after a 1-2 count and then had Payton Tolle down 1-2 when he hit him with a stray slider. Silva grounded out when Meola made a nice play running into the outfield. Then Micah Kendrick advanced to third on a wild pitch by Holiday. They called ball game when TCU’s Ryder Robinson nailed one to center field, right into the glove of Benge.

Next Up

With the win, the Cowboys move to 14-9 and 2-3 in conference play. The Pokes and the Frogs will play the rubber match at 1 p.m. Sunday in O’Brate Stadium.

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