Huskers Fall to Oklahoma State
Stillwater, Okla. – No. 21 Oklahoma State used a pair of big innings to break open a 1-all game, as the Cowboys jumped on sixth-ranked Nebraska, 19-2, Saturday afternoon.
Oklahoma State (23-9, 8-6 Big 12) used a big offensive afternoon, batting around in both the fourth and fifth innings to en route to scoring sixth in the fourth and eight more in the fifth to take a commanding lead.
Every starter in the Cowboy lineup had at least two hits, as OSU racked up 24 hits against six Husker pitchers. Neil Medchill went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and scored twice, while Rebel Ridling had two hits, including a homer, and four RBIs to power the OSU offense.
"Sometimes, we aren’t as good as we think we are and sometimes we are not as bad," Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson said. "It was one of those days in baseball that happens to everybody and it happened to us today."
"Right now, they have matched up well against us and have done well," Anderson said. "You can’t take today’s game into tomorrow and what happened in the past does not mean anything tomorrow."
Oklahoma State received a strong performance from starter Tyler Lyons, who scattered six hits in a complete-game performance. The left-hander, who improved to 5-2 on the season, struck out five without a walk and allowing single runs to the Huskers in the second and seventh.
Nebraska broke into the scoring column in the top of the second on Nimmo’s two-out RBI single. Craig Corriston doubled to the gap in right center with one out before Nimmo sent a 2-1 offering from Tyler Lyons to center, scoring Corriston with the game’s first run.
The lead would be short lived, as Oklahoma State tied the score in the bottom of the frame before touching up NU starter Thad Weber for six runs in the fourth.
In the second, singles by Dean Green and Luis Flores to open the inning before a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position before a passed ball tied the game at one apiece.
Oklahoma State struck in the bottom of the fourth, stringing together six straight hits to chase Weber
With one out, a single by Luis Flores and a Medchill double set the stage for a big inning. Ridling gave OSU the lead for good with an RBI single to center before Tyrone Hambly’s RBI single made it a 3-0 game. The Cowboys added a pair of run-scoring hits from Michael Dabbs and Matt Hague and took advantage of a pair of wild pitches to eventually extend the advantage to 7-1.
Weber (6-2) saw his personal six-game win streak snapped, allowing seven runs – six earned – on nine hits over 3.1 innings. It was the shortest non-predetermined outing by a Husker starter since the first week of the year and the first time a Husker starter didn’t pitch at least five innings in 14 Big 12 contests.
OSU kept the pressure on in the fifth, scoring eight runs, including a two-run double from Thomas Belza and a two-run triple off the bat of Medchill, making the lead 15-2 before the Cowboys added a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh to account for their final two runs.
The series will conclude Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and on Huskers.com.