Oklahoma State simply could not be stopped.
The Cowboys defeated Washington State 11-1 in a game that was essentially over after the first inning.
OSU (2-3) took a 3-0 lead off a sacrifice fly from Conor Costello and RBI singles from Tim Arakawa and Jon Littell in the first inning. After just two outs of work, WSU starter Tyler McDowell (1-1) was relieved.
No. 9 OSU exploded for 14 hits, generated six walks and stole five bases. WSU (3-3) used five pitchers and did not come up with an answer to stop the Cowboys’ offense.
Littell, Costello and Bryan Case spearheaded the offensive attack. Littell batted 3-for-4 with three RBI. Costello went 2-for-4 with two RBI doubles, and Case connected on two of his four at-bats, including a two-run homerun in the eighth inning.
The Cowboys also dominated defensively, using only two pitchers through all nine frames.
Last week, OSU coach Josh Holliday said his senior starting pitcher, Jon Perrin, would pitch better after Perrin lasted only 1 1/3 innings in his first start. It didn’t take long for Perrin to respond.
Perrin (1-1) didn’t give up a hit as he threw six scoreless innings. Perrin regained the command he lacked in his first start, striking out six batters and walking two. Perrin was relieved in the seventh inning despite having his no-hit bid intact.
“I thought he had good stuff,” Holliday said. “His fastball had more life on it than it did a week ago. He threw his change-up and slider effectively. He gave us a great outing.
“I understand he had a no-hitter at the time, but we’ve got to protect these kids and keep ‘em healthy for the long haul. There’s nothing about a personal accomplishment right there that outweighs the value of having that guy healthy throughout the year.”
Before Perrin’s outing, no OSU starter had pitched five complete innings.
Costello pitched the seventh inning and continued the no-hitter into the eighth until Patrick McGrath singled. Haakon Lande broke the shutout two batters later with an RBI single.
The two singles were the only hits the Cougars could muster as Costello retired every other batter he faced, including four strikeouts, in his three innings of relief to record his first save of 2015.
OSU plays its third game in the Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge against Utah in Mesa, Arizona, on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“I like the nature of the team,” Holliday said. “We’ve gotta keep getting better, and tomorrow is another opportunity to roll out here in the sunshine in a great setting and play another Pac-(12) opponent.”