STILLWATER, Oklahoma – One big inning hurt the Northwestern State baseball team in its first two games of the series at Oklahoma State.
In Sunday’s series finale, it was a series of multiple-run innings that doomed the Demons.
The 18th-ranked Cowboys scored in all but one inning, putting up multiple runs in five of those frames, to complete a three-game series sweep with a 15-4 victory at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The Cowboys (14-6) used an RBI groundout to score a first-inning run off NSU starter Evan Tidwell (1-2) and added another on Andrew Rosa’s second-inning solo home run.
Northwestern State (5-13) began to battle back against Cowboys starter Brady Basso (1-0) in the third inning as Caleb Ricca’s two-out double gave NSU its first hit and Matt Valdez followed with an RBI single.
That was as close as the Demons found themselves the rest of the game.
Oklahoma State scored twice in the fourth inning, including an unearned run, before Tidwell kept the Cowboys off the board in the fourth.
After retiring the first two batters of the fifth, Tidwell ran into trouble as Garrett Benge doubled to the right-field corner and Garrett McCain drew a hit by pitch. Jon Littell, who went 3-for-3 in Saturday’s game, followed with a three-run home run to center field, his first of two homers on the day.
Oklahoma State added three-run innings in the sixth and seventh innings before scoring a pair in the eighth inning.
After being held to four hits through the first eight innings, the Demons found some offensive life in the ninth.
Pinch-hitter Miller Parker started a parade of successful pinch hitters by drawing a full-count walk off C.J. Varela, who tossed three innings to earn his first save of the season.
Carter Hankins followed with his first career home run, a two-run shot to left. The third straight pinch hitter, Lenni Kunert, connected immediately after Hankins, knocking a solo home run to left-center field for his first career hit.
Kunert became the second Demon this season to homer for his first career hit, joining Austin Townsend, who did so March 8 at Kansas State.
Littell paced Oklahoma State’s 15-hit attack with three hits and five RBIs.
Oklahoma State 15, Northwestern State 4
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W – Brady Basso (1-0). L – Evan Tidwell (1-2). S – C. J. Varela (1). 2B – NSU, Caleb Ricca. OSU, Ryan Sluder; Garrett Benge; Bryce Fischer; Andrew Rosa. 3B – OSU, Ryan Cash. HR – NSU, Carter Hankins (1); Lenni Kunert (1); OSU, Jon Littell 2 (3); Rosa (2); Michael Neustifter (2). Highlights: NSU, Hankins 1-1, HR, 2 RBIs; Kunert 1-1, HR, RBI. OSU, Sluder 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Cash 2-5, 3B; Benge 2B, 2 RBIs; Littell 3-5, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs; Rosa 2-3, 2B, HR, RBI; Neustifter HR, 2 RBIs.
Records: Northwestern State 5-13; Oklahoma State 14-6.