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Cowboys win conference opener at Texas Tech behind pitching performance

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OSU pitcher Parker Scott pitches during the Oklahoma State vs. BYU baseball game on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.

For the second time on the night, Texas Tech catcher Braxton Fulford stepped into the batter’s box with bases loaded and two outs.

In Oklahoma State baseball’s 2-0 series-opening win at Texas Tech, the experience on the mound proved critical.

A strike down the middle from Oklahoma State closer Brett Standlee established the zone, showing the Cowboys increasing aggressiveness in the pressure-packed moment. The next pitch earned a swing and contact.

The ball sailed to the first base side, but was caught to end the inning. OSU’s pitching proved to be the difference, getting the Cowboys out of tough situations unscathed and with confidence.

OSU (12-3-1 overall, 1-0 in Big 12) lived up to the road challenge through stifling defense and solid pitching.

That started with Parker Scott, who delivered seven scoreless innings of pitching. He also dished out nine strikeouts, allowing six hits and walking one batter.

Faced with the Red Raiders first bases-loaded attempt, Scott needed only three pitches to earn his fifth strike out.

Texas Tech (14-4, 0-1) didn’t produce a hit in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

To start the eighth inning, Scott conceded a leadoff single to left field. Then, a fluke play where Max Hewitt and Scott miscommunicated near the plate allowed the runner to advance on an infield single.

Hewitt met Scott on the mound for a visit.

Once everything seemed settled, OSU pitching coach Rob Walton made his way to the mound to end Scott’s night.

Although the score favored the Cowboys, the batting success did not. OSU produced only three hits and stranded three runners on base.

The Cowboys' limited success made the difference in the fifth, where Noah Sifrit singled to third base while bringing home Nolan McLean, who beat the throw home.

Caeden Trenkle stole home later in the frame to maximize the Cowboys limited opportunities.

The Cowboys and Red Raiders play two more times in the first Big 12 series for the Cowboys.