Cats Fall to No. 12 OSU, 8-5
March 11, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 12 Oklahoma State handed host Arizona a second straight home loss with a 8-5 victory to sweep the two-game, mid-week series at Jerry Kindall Field.
The home-standing Wildcats sent freshman Bryce Bandilla to the mound to start the game, and the Bella Vista, Calif., native turned in a solid start to cool the Cowboys’ bats that scored 10 runs one night ago.
The effort by Bandilla allowed the UA offense to open the scoring with a Brad Glenn solo home run in the bottom of the first to stake the Wildcats to a 1-0 lead.
Arizona (8-7) added two more runs in the bottom of the second thanks to the play of two other freshmen. Steve Selsky struck out swinging to lead off the inning, but was able to reach first on a wild pitch and then steal second base.
Classmate Jett Bandy doubled to score Selsky and moved to third on a balk by OSU pitcher Mark Ginther. Butler then chopped a ball to first base and reached on an error, picking up an RBI as Bandy pushed the lead to 3-0.
Oklahoma State (11-2) went to its bullpen early to try and silence the Arizona bats, bringing in Brett Davis. The lefty did just that, getting out of the inning with no further damage and then lasting four more innings to give the OSU a chance to get rolling.
Bandilla ran into trouble in the fifth inning as he hit Dean Green with a pitch with one out in the inning. Davis Duren singled to set up an RBI double to Davis, who was hitting in the ninth spot in the order as the designated hitter after being lifted as the starter.
After Bandilla issued his second walk of the inning, UA went to the bullpen and brought in Daniel Workman. The righty was able to strike out the first batter he faced, but then gave up a bases-clearing double to Tom Belza, which gave OSU its first lead of the game at 4-3.
The Cowboys remained on the offensive in the sixth inning, tacking on four more runs. Once again, the scoring was capped with a two-out, bases-clearing double hit this time by Kevin David to extend the visitors’ lead to 8-3.
The Arizona bullpen was then able to shut down the Cowboys in the final three frames, but the Wildcats could only chip away with two runs offensively, including a Bryce Ortega solo home run.
The Wildcats will conclude a 13-game homestand this weekend with a three-game series against Michigan. The series will begin on Friday with first pitched scheduled for 7 p.m.
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