March 10, 2009
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated host Arizona, 10-4, behind a dominating effort by starter Thomas Keeling, who struck out 12 Wildcats in seven innings to earn his first victory of the season.
Arizona dropped its fourth game in as many chances against a ranked opponent at home and fell to 8-6 on the season. The Cowboys improved to 10-2 on the season as they near the end of a nine game road trip.
The visitors put a run on the board in the top of the second to claim and early lead and then added two more in the third off UA starter Kyle Simon.
Oklahoma State gave itself some breathing room with a three-run fourth inning to extend the lead to 6-0. After Michael Dabbs reached on a fielding error by Bryce Ortega and Dusty Harvard reached on a fielder’s choice in which UA couldn’t record an out at second base as Childs throw was high, the Wildcats went to the bullpen to bring in Daniel Workman to relieve Simon.
Workman was able to retire the first batter he faced, but Kevin David launched a towering homerun to left field with one out in the inning to give OSU its comfortable lead.
Brad Glenn put Arizona on the scoreboard with a solo home run off Keeling to lead off the sixth, but that would be the only major blemish for the OSU starter.
Keeling scattered seven hits over his seven innings, showing excellent command as he walked only one batter to go with his 12 strikeouts.
The Wildcats, trailing 7-1, tried to mount a rally in the home half of the seventh, but could only muster one run. Codi Harshman and Dwight Childs singled to open the inning, and OSU left Keeling in to finish up the inning as the two runners advanced to second and third on a groundout by Ortega.
Keeling was able to buckle down and mostly thwart the UA threat, only allowing an infield single to Rafael Valenzuela, which brought Harshman home to score, and then struck out Steve Selsky and retired Jett Bandy to end the inning.
OSU added three insurance runs in the eighth to push the advantage to 10-2.
The Wildcats added two runs in the home half of the eighth to set the score at its final, 10-4.
Arizona will send freshman Donn Roach to the mound on Wednesday evening as the two teams close out the mid-week series. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.