After playing a pair of exciting games to start the weekend series, No. 11 Oklahoma State used a 10-run third inning to cruise to a 21-11 win over West Virginia in the series finale Saturday afternoon in Stillwater. Oklahoma State (18-7-1, 6-3 Big 12) scored multiple runs in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings as West Virginia (11-11, 3-3) did not have a pitcher go longer than two innings.
The Mountaineers held the first lead in the game on a two-run home run by catcher Paul McIntosh in the top of the third, but the Cowboys responded with 10 runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game away early. OSU had three singles, a double, a home run, three walks and three hit batters in that half-inning.
After the third, West Virginia was never able to stop the bleeding as Oklahoma State scored in every subsequent inning except the seventh. WVU used 10 pitchers in the game. Eight allowed multiple runs and the only pitcher who recorded an out without giving up a run was junior Beau Lowery, who got the final out of the sixth inning.
Starter Ben Hampton (2-0, 2.63) allowed three runs in two innings with three strikeouts. He was relieved by Carlson Reed, who gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning and was tagged with the loss.
- First baseman Hudson Byorick hit a bases-loaded, three-RBI double in the top of the fourth inning.
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Shortstop Mikey Kluska, designated hitter Vince Ippoliti and McIntosh all finished with two hits and two RBI. Kluska hit his second home run of the series and fourth of the season in the seventh inning.
WVU will head back north to take on Pitt in the Backyard Brawl at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Pittsburgh.