Good things come in threes.
In Oklahoma State baseball’s 14-6 victory against Wichita State, the Cowboys tallied hit-after-hit.
In total, OSU strung together 17 hits while catching its stride in the all-around performance. Six Cowboys produced multi-hit games, as getting runners on base developed into a recurring theme.
Brock Mathis, Hueston Morrill and Christian Encarnacion-Strand each delivered three hits. Max Hewitt pinch hit, adding a two-run homerun in the eighth inning to cap the scoring.
Encarnacion-Strand hit a three-run homerun over the left center field wall in the seventh, eradicating any chance of pressure the OSU bullpen could face. OSU coach Josh Holliday said Encarnacion-Strand gives the lineup depth, making the team dangerous.
“He saw a couple of nice swings on some doubles, and then he got a ball late in the game that he hit out that he connected very squarely on,” Holliday said. “…You’ve got to have real power to hit the ball out like that.”
Bryce Osmond made the start and played well, producing 79 pitches in four innings of work. When Holliday determined his replacement, the Cowboys controlled a 5-2 lead and needed it.
After the Cowboys scored two more runs from a Caeden Trenkle double, Wichita State (0-2) closed the gap in the fifth, scoring four runs off Roman Phansalkar in the frame with two singles and a fielder’s choice.
OSU (2-0) sent freshman pitcher Trevor Martin to the mound in relief, stopping the bleeding to maintain the lead. He tossed three hitless innings to earn the win.
“Probably the biggest transition in that game was when Trevor Martin came out of the bullpen and put a stop to that inning,” Holliday said.
That put the pressure back on the Cowboys batters. It didn’t last long.
The Cowboys scored at least two runs in five consecutive innings, starting with a 5-run fourth inning.
“A lot of guys swung the bat well,” Holliday said. “Quality at-bats up and down the lineup. It’s a good outing. Good victory by our team.”