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Fourth-Inning Grand Slam Lifts No. 11 Oklahoma State Over WVU to Even Series



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A fourth-inning grand slam by third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand was the defining moment Saturday night as No. 11 Oklahoma State defeated West Virginia 7-2 in the second game of the teams’ weekend series.

Encarnacion-Strand’s slam was the knockout punch for OSU (17-7-1, 4-3 Big 12) over West Virginia (11-10), putting the Cowboys up 6-0 over the Mountaineers in the fourth inning. WVU reliever Noah Short surrendered the home run, but it was starter Adam Tulloch (0-2, 7.40) who had loaded the basses beforehand.

Tulloch’s final line was 3 1/3 innings pitched, six hits, five runs, four earned, with four walks and five strikeouts. Opposite him was OSU freshman Justin Campbell (3-0, 0.68), who pitched seven innings of one-run ball with six punchouts.

The Mountaineers threatened a late comeback, getting runners on base in each of the final four innings, but was never able to put a big inning together in the loss.

WVU’s offense was led by first baseman Hudson Byorick, who went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a home run, one RBI and a run scored. Encarnacion-Strand finished 3 for 5 with four RBI for the Cowboys.

WVU and OSU will play the series finale Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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