Oklahoma State Blasts Past the Demons to Sweep Series
Oklahoma State smashed four home runs and racked up 15 strikeouts on the mound as the 18th-ranked Cowboys completed a three-game series sweep of Northwestern State with a 15-4 win Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The win was the seventh in a row for the Cowboys, who improved to 14-6 on the season heading into a non-conference Bedlam showdown against Oklahoma on Tuesday night in Stillwater.
Jon Littell led an OSU offensive attack that collected 15 hits as the junior outfielder blasted two homers and recorded a career-high five RBIs. Ryan Sluder, Garrett Benge and Michael Neustifter also had two RBIs apiece for the Cowboys.
In his first-career start, freshman southpaw Brady Basso was dominant to pick up his first win. In four innings of work, he allowed just one run on two hits while racking up nine strikeouts.
OSU scored in seven of its eight at bats in the contest. The first run came on an RBI groundout by Benge, which followed a triple by Ryan Cash and made the score 1-0.
In the second inning, the first of OSU's round trippers came off the bat of Andrew Rosa as he delivered a solo shot to left field that doubled the Cowboys' lead.
After Northwestern State (5-13) trimmed that lead in half on a two-out RBI single by Matt Valdez in the third, OSU answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Sluder got the scoring started with an RBI double and two batters later, he came home to score on an RBI by Benge that pushed the OSU lead to 4-1.
OSU failed to score in the fourth but tallied three runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
Littell's first homer came in the fifth on a three-run shot to straightaway center field, and in the eighth, he sent another pitch over the wall, this one a two-run job to left field.
Following Basso on the mound were Matt Wilson and Max Simpson, who both worked scoreless frames, before C.J. Varela hurled the final three innings to qualify for his first-career save.
OSU next puts its win streak on the line against No. 12 Oklahoma in a game that is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start Tuesday at Reynolds Stadium.