Cowboys season ends with 7-3 loss to Arkansas in Regional Finals
EEditor’s Note: This article is courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics Media Relations
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State lost a win to advance to a super regional as the No. 7 nationally seeded Cowboys lost a 7-3 game to Arkansas in the regional final NCAA Stillwater Monday night at O’Brate Stadium.
With the loss, the Cowboys end the season with a 42-22 record. The 42 wins are OSU’s highest total since they had 43 in 2016.
OSU had five players named to Stillwater’s Regional All-Tournament Team, with Roc Riggio (2B), Jake Thompson (LF), Caeden Trenkle (CF), Griffin Doersching (DH) and Trevor Martin (P) collecting this honor.
The Pokes beat the Razorbacks in Monday’s game by a 9-8 margin, but OSU blocked 10 runners on base in the game.
Riggio, Trenkle and David Mendham each had two hits for the Cowboys, with Riggio, Mendham and Zach Ehrhard collecting RBIs.
Ryan Bogusz suffered the loss on the mound, falling to 3-1, as he worked 3 2/3 innings against UA a day after starting against Missouri State and pitching 1 2/3 innings.
Arkansas (41-19) took a lead they would never relinquish in the fourth.
After Bogusz kept the Hogs off the scoreboard and struck out five in the first three innings, Arkansas’ Brady Slavens led the fourth with a home run. Later in the inning, a walk, hit by the pitch and back-to-back, two-out singles netted three more runs to make it 4-0.
The Razorbacks added another run in the sixth, taking advantage of a two-out walk and an error before Peyton Stovall landed an RBI single.
OSU entered the scoreboard in the sixth when Mendham fired an overhanging breakout ball into deep right field for his 11th homer of the season to make it 5-1.
The Pokes again rallied in the seventh. Back-to-back singles from Trenkle and Chase Adkison opened the inning, and Riggio followed with a double to right-center to take home a run. After a change of pitch, Ehrhard hit a sacrificial fly right to cut OSU’s deficit to 5-3.
OSU positioned itself to return to the scoring column in the eighth. Mendham opened the frame with a single, and then Nolan McLean was hit by a pitch. After a defenseman’s pick put the Cowboys in the corners with one out, pinch hitter Brett Brown walked to load the bases, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.
Arkansas scored the game’s final two runs in the ninth to seal the win as Stillwater Regional MVP Michael Turner went 7-3 with a two-out double and two RBIs.
ARKANSAS 7, OKLAHOMA STATE 3
ARK 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 2 – 7 8 0
USO 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 – 3 9 1
WP: K. Ramage (3-2); LP: R. Bogusz (3-1); VS: H.Smith (1)
FULL BOX SCORE
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