Oklahoma State Beats Texas Tech at Rip Griffin Park

Oklahoma State snatched its second conference series win this season, beating No. 5 Texas Tech 3-1 at Rip Griffin Park after 11 innings.

The victory helped push the Cowboys to 23-16 overall and 6-9 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders are now at 33-10 and 9-6 in the league.

For OSU, Garrett Benge brought home two of the three runs in the game. The team used four pitchers. Starter Blake Battenfield played for 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one run out of four hits, allowing one walk and striking out five.

The first five innings were all about TTU’s Ryan Shetter and OSU’s Battenfield, who made it difficult for offense to get anything going.

The sixth inning, which lasted over an hour, saw 12 runs and eight hits. A total of 20 batters came to plate between both teams.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Orlando Garcia hit his tenth home run that put the Red Raiders up 1-0. The team held onto its lead until the ninth when the Cowboys tied the game.

OSU lost its lead after a double place and strikeout, but Trey Cobb helped tie the score and bring the game into extra innings.

After the Cowboys failed to score in the 10th, the Red Raiders looked to be ready to win in the bottom of the inning, with back-to-back singles.

But a string of outs pushed OSU into the 11th, where they sealed the deal and clinched the series. Benge clutched a two-out single, and Colin Simpson followed through with an RBI double into the right-center field gap.

The Cowboys emerged victorious after an exhausting four-hour game.

OSU is back in action on Tuesday, when the team will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 6 p.m. at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.