Tanner Krietemeier and Zach Fish combined for five hits and six RBIs on Friday afternoon, helping No. 18-ranked Oklahoma State beat Incarnate Word (Texas) 10-5 in the baseball season opener for both teams. Eleven players made their OSU debut, and the Cowboys twice came back from deficits to win their first game at the University of Texas-Arlington/Hilton Invitational.
Incarnate Word led 1-0 and 2-1, before Oklahoma State pulled away with a five-run seventh inning. Fish keyed the big inning with a three-run homer, giving the Cowboys a 9-2 lead.
OSU coach Josh Holliday used four pitchers, with first reliever, Alex Hackerott, getting the victory. He threw 3 2/3 innings, holding the Cardinals to a run on two hits and no walks. Hackerott struck out four.
The Cowboys continue invitational play at 11 a.m. Saturday against Stephen F. Austin (Texas).
SOONERS LOSE IN HUGHES' DEBUT
Seton Hall charged to a four-run lead and never trailed in its 7-5 season-opening baseball victory Friday at Oklahoma. A crowd of 1,207 watched the Sooners start a season with home loss in Mitchell Park's 33-year history. The setback also spoiled the debut of first-year Sooners coach Pete Hughes, who watched his new team come back to tie the game 4-4, only to fall behind for good on a sixth-inning home run by the Pirates' Dillon Hamlin.
OU's Jacob Evans struggled in his first collegiate start, giving up five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Craig Aiken led OU with two of the Sooners' six hits. Seton Hall popped OU pitchers for 14 hits, with Mike Caputo and Dillon Hamilin getting four each.
The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday.
BRONCHOS WIN OPENER
Landon Hallam threw six strong innings for Central Oklahoma, which trounced Arkansas-Fort Smith 11-1 in a baseball season opener at Wendell Simmons Field in Edmond. Hallam surrendered four hits and two walks, and he had all the run support he needed after the first inning. UCO's Dilon Argo had an RBI single, and Brad Lamberti added a home run.