FORT WORTH, Texas – Oklahoma State defeated a ranked team for the first time this season and picked up its first road win of the year with a 4-3 triumph over No. 18 TCU Friday night in front of 5,205 fans at Lupton Stadium.
With the win, the Cowboys improved to 6-4, while TCU suffered its fourth-straight loss and fell to 2-6.
The Horned Frogs brought the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Chase Stevens got Jason Coats to ground out to end the game and earn his first-career save.
Stevens, who struck out four and allowed just one run over the final 2.1 innings, helped secure the win for OSU starter Andrew Heaney, who had another strong outing on the mound.
In his third start of the year, Heaney improved to 2-1 as the junior southpaw struck out nine and allowed just two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work.
OSU scored all of its runs early and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as a solo homer by Weidenaar in the top of the first inning gave the Cowboys a lead they would never surrender. The blast, which sailed over the wall in right field, was the senior's third round tripper in four games this season. A year ago, he homered just twice in 55 games.
OSU added to its lead in the third. Hunter Bailey led off the inning with a single and after stealing second, he came home to score on a triple by Jared Womack to put the Pokes up 2-0.
They weren't done, as two batters later, Zach Fish stepped to the plate and crushed a two-run home run to left field. It was the freshman's third homer of the year and gave the Cowboys a 4-0 advantage.
After being shut out by Heaney in the first three innings, TCU got on the scoreboard in the fourth. A pair of walks proved costly in the frame, and a two-out RBI single by Davy Wright cut OSU's lead to 4-1.
Heaney escaped further damage in the inning, however, when he struck out Braden Mattson with Frogs on second and third to get out of the jam.
OSU held its three-run lead until the sixth when the Horned Frogs cut their deficit in half on a home run by Josh Elander to open the inning, a shot that made the score 4-2.
The final three innings would be nail-biters for the Cowboys, but each time they were able to stave off rallies from TCU.
In the seventh, a two-out double by Kyle Von Tungeln put Horned Frogs on second and third and ended Heaney's night. But Stevens came out of the OSU bullpen and struck out Wright to get the Cowboys out of the inning.
The eighth would provide TCU's final run as Elander led off the inning by sending a ball to straightaway center field. OSU center fielder Jarrett Higgins raced back and into the wall but couldn't make the catch as Elander reached with a triple, and Zac Jordan followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the Cowboys' lead to 4-3. Once again, Stevens used the strikeout to get out of trouble, punching out two of the next three hitters to end the threat.
The series resumes with game two Saturday at 2 p.m.
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