STILLWATER, Oklahoma – Oklahoma State right-hander Jonathan Heasley handcuffed the Northwestern State offense for 7 1-3 innings Saturday afternoon.
Another big offensive inning for the Cowboys gave Heasley all the support he needed as the 18th-ranked Cowboys took their second straight win from the Demons, 7-2, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
“Their guy was really good,” first-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “He was 90-94 with three pitches for strikes. When a guy like that is on, you’re going to have trouble. We fought a little bit. We were a bit unfortunate. Some of the balls we hit hard early didn’t find holes. He settled in and was tough to get a good swing off of. We’ve got to get ready to come back again tomorrow.”
The Demons managed only David Fry’s fourth-inning solo home run against Heasley (2-2), who retired the final seven NSU batters he faced.
Fry homered for the third straight game, providing Northwestern State (5-12) with its lone run until Carter Hankins doubled home Spencer Goodwin with two outs in the ninth inning.
“(Fry) is swinging the bat really well,” Barbier said. “He’s a good hitter. His numbers don’t show right now what kind of hitter he is. We’ve got a bunch of good hitters. It’s just taken us a long time to find our way a little bit. Hopefully, we can get it going here tomorrow.”
While Fry touched up Heasely’s 0-2 fastball and drove it out to left field for his fifth home run of the season, the Oklahoma State right-hander got plenty of support from his offense.
The Cowboys (13-6) used a four-run second inning against Demons starter Tim Winders (0-2) to break things open early. Garrett McCain led off with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout by Colin Simpson.
After Winders struck out Cade Cabbiness for the second out of the inning, the Cowboys put together a Jon Littell double, a Cameron Dobbs single and a Ryan Sluder double to score three more times.
Fry’s relay throw cut down Sluder trying to stretch his double into a triple for the final out of the inning.
Winders settled down and escaped trouble in the third and fourth innings before the Cowboys added three runs against the NSU bullpen.
All three of the Demons’ hits went for extra bases – Fry’s home run, Goodwin’s lead-off, pinch-hit double in the ninth and Hankins’ RBI double in the ninth. It was Hankins’ first hit and first RBI as a Demon.
Sluder and Littell each had two doubles for Oklahoma State, which had seven of its 12 hits go for extra bases.
Littell (3-for-3), Sluder (2-for-5), McCain (2-for-3) and Andrew Rosa (2-for-5, double) all had multi-hit games for Oklahoma State.
The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Northwestern State will send senior right-hander Evan Tidwell (1-1, 6.53) to the mound while Oklahoma State has yet to name a starter.
No. 18 Oklahoma State 7, Northwestern State 2
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W – Jonathan Heasley (2-2). L – Tim Winders (0-2). 2B – NSU, Spencer Goodwin; Carter Hankins. OSU, Ryan Sluder 2; Colin Simpson; Andrew Rosa; Jon Littell 2. 3B – OSU, Garrett McCain. HR – NSU, David Fry (5). Highlights: NSU, Fry HR, RBI; Goodwin 1-1, 2B; Hankins 1-1, 2B, RBI. OSU, Sluder 2-5, 2 2Bs, RBI; McCain 2-3, 3B; Simpson 2B, 2 RBIs; Rosa 2-5, 2B; Littell 3-3, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs.
Records: Northwestern State 5-12; Oklahoma State 13-6.