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Cowboys defeat Razorbacks in exhibition game

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Alix Garcia (42) bats during game 3 against Texas Tech during the NCAA Super Regional Tournament, at Rip Griffin Park, in Lubbock, TX on June 9, 2019.

Oklahoma State baseball was back this year for one game and one game only.

The Cowboys defeated Arkansas 7-2 on Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in a 14-inning exhibition game.

Parker Scott and Connor Noland got the start on the mound for OSU and U of A, respective.

Scott gave the Cowboys’ defense a hot start as he pitched two innings, allowed no runs and struck out two batters.

After Scott’s dominance through two innings, the Cowboys’ batters got some runs on the board.

In the bottom of the second inning, freshman Caeden Trenkle singled and then stole second and third base.

 “(We were) able to get the ball rolling for our offense as we got a run on the board,” Trenkle said. “(It helped me) get comfortable and get used to this college setting. It also helped give the pitchers some confidence as they knew that their offense could come through for them as they were able to pitch with the lead.”

Two batters later, Brock Mathis doubled into deep center field and got the Cowboys’ first run.

Seven scoreless innings followed for both teams. The Razorbacks’ only runs came in the tenth inning.

In the top of the tenth, Heston Kjerstad and Cason Tollet hit a single each and got U of A on the scoreboard and the 2-1 lead.

After OSU was held scoreless in the previous nine innings, the Cowboy offense got a surge in the bottom of the twelfth. 

Jake Thompson stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball over the left field fence to tie the game at 2.

Thompson’s first career home run as a Cowboy got the ball rolling for OSU’s offense.

OSU’s third and final surge of offense came in the thirteenth inning.

Alix Garcia hit a two-run double which gave the Cowboys a 4-2 lead. Next, Justin Campbell had an RBI-single to right field which brought the lead to 5-2. OSU’s two final runs of the game came courtesy of Thompson’s second home run of the game to deep right field.

 “I was looking for a good pitch and got these,” Thompson said. “The late game runs made it a lot more fun and they got everyone going.”

Thompson and the Cowboys wanted to bring this same energy and keep the momentum rolling. Thompson said he has high hopes for the upcoming season in the spring and hopes to win a lot of games and get better every day.

A big part of the victory was Trenkle’s two singles and two stolen bases early.

Trenkle said  his speed is one of the big factors he can bring to the game. While it was he first college baseball game, he can already see the changes in competition compared to high school.

“The biggest change coming from high school to college baseball was definitely the pitching being a lot better,” Trenkle said.

Even after facing tougher pitching, Trenkle was able to hit two singles and draw a walk in his first three at bats.

After the game, Coach Josh Holliday praised Trenkle’s performance.

 “(Trenkle is) very mature on the field as well as in the classroom,” Holliday said. “He has already shown a high level of trust that speaks about who he is as a person.”

OSU’s pitchers put on a clinic as they only allowed two runs against a team that made it to the College World Series lst season.

In four months, OSU will begin its regular season in Allie P. before moving over to O’Brate Stadium for the start of Big 12 play in March.

“We had a real good day of pitching today,” Holliday said. “It was the first chance for our guys to be able to pitch against players on a different team. We got a number of good guys to the mound as well as a number of good guys who didn’t touch the mound who we are excited about. Each day we work to get a little bit better and the kids who went to the mound today pitched awfully good”.

Sports.ed@ocolly.com