TULSA, Okla. – Oklahoma State’s 11-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night as the No. 2 Cowboys fell to rival Bedlam’s Oklahoma in a non-conference affair at ONEOK Field.
The loss drops the Cowboys to 18-7 while Oklahoma improves to 15-8.
David Mendham led OSU at the plate with a 3-for-4 night and two RBIs that included a double and a home run. Zach Ehrhard drove in a pair of runs with a double and also walked three times.
Trevor Martin took the loss on the mound to drop to 1-1 as he came on with OSU leading by a run in the ninth and allowed two runs on a hit and three walks.
The Cowboys staged a big run in the top of the second to take an early lead. Mendham opened the set with a brace, and Hueston Morrill drove him in with a double from his two hitters later. Aidan Meola, making his first career start, then isolated with two outs to lead to Morrill. After the next batter was hit by a pitch, Ehrhard capped the inning with a two-run double RBI from the left field line to make it 4-0.
Oklahoma largely responded late in the inning. The Sooners had three runs on four hits in the inning against the OSU starter Peter Mitchell to reduce the Cowboys’ lead to one.
OSU doubled its lead in the top of the fifth. Ehrhard walked with one out, and two batters later, Nolan McLean was hit by a throw. Mendham hit a line drive to the left that ricocheted off the OU diving outfielder’s glove for a single, bringing Ehrhard to score and make it 5-3.
The Sooners tied the game in the sixth. A hit-and-go and a walk put the tying run at first base before Jackson Nicklaus doubled the third base line, making both runs and things of the night at 5-5.
Mendham put the Cowboys back in the lead in the eighth. On a 2-2 count to start the inning, Menham smashed a solo home run to left field, the ball leaving the court despite a strong wind blowing against him. It was his third home run of the season and put Oklahoma State back in the lead 6-5.
In the deciding ninth, a slap hitter and two wild pitches put the tying run at third no-out before a single tied the game. Two more walks would load the bases before a final base on balls brought the winning run for OU.
The Cowboys return to Big 12 action Friday at Kansas State, with the opener scheduled for a first pitch at 6 p.m.