STILLWATER – Oklahoma State had its five-game winning streak snapped by Missouri State Wednesday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium as the Cowboys suffered a 7-1 loss.
OSU left 11 runners stranded on the basepaths and fell to 5-4 on the season, while the Bears used a pair of three-run innings to improve to 6-3. The loss was the first at home for the Cowboys in six games this season.
Missouri State took an early lead with an unearned run in the third when Kevin Medrano, who singled and advanced to second on a passed ball, scored on a single by Brock Chaffin to put the Bears up 1-0.
The Bears got the first of their three-run innings in the fourth, collecting four hits off OSU starter Blake Barnes to go up 4-0. MSU scored its first two runs in the frame on RBI bunt singles by Eric Cheray and Medrano, then tallied another run on a sacrifice fly by Luke Voit.
OSU struggled offensively against MSU starter Clay Murphy, who made his fourth-career start against the Cowboys and picked up his first win of the year.
The junior right-hander held OSU in check and kept the Cowboys off the scoreboard until the seventh, when the Pokes scored an unearned run on a two-out, RBI single by Wes Jones.
That hit ended Murphy’s day on the mound, but Tyler Burgess came out of the bullpen with two runners on and got pinch hitter Trey Whaley to ground into a fielder’s choice out to end the OSU threat.
Already leading 4-1, MSU added three insurance runs in the eighth. All three scores were unearned as a throwing error by third baseman Mark Ginther plated a pair of runs and kept the inning alive. Chaffin then singled to push the Bears’ lead to six before OSU was able to get out of the inning.
Robbie Rea and Zach Fish led OSU’s offense with two hits apiece as Fish extended his hitting streak to six games.
Barnes suffered the loss on the mound to fall to 1-1 on the year. The senior righty allowed four runs on 11 hits in 6.2 innings of work and struck out five, one shy of his career high.
OSU returns to action Friday when the Cowboys open a three-game series at 18th-ranked TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.