Oklahoma State scored two runs in the top of the 11th inning, and then reliever Blake Barnes escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom half as the Cowboys trimmed Texas 3-1 in Big 12 baseball Friday at Disch Falk Field.
A crowd of 6,808 saw Barnes load the bases by hitting two batters and walking another. The senior right-hander notched his second win of the season, though, by striking out Jacob Felts and retiring Jordan Etier on a grounder. Barnes' close call preserved the Cowboys' rally in the top of the 11th, powered by RBI hits from Robbie Rea and Mark Ginther.
OSU (18-14 overall, 5-5 Big 12) and Texas (18-13, 7-3) continue the series Saturday with a doubleheader. The first game will start at 1 p.m.
OU BEATS MISSOURI
Evan Mistich and Garrett Carey had run-scoring hits with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday, and Oklahoma came back to beat Missouri 6-5 in a Big 12 baseball game at Mitchell Park. The game started at 3 p.m. but was delayed by severe weather to hit Norman; the contest ended around 10 as the Sooners came back from 2-0, 3-2 and 5-4 deficits.
Mistich finished with two hits and three RBIs, and Garrett added two hits and two RBIs. Caleb Bushyhead had three hits and scored twice for OU (20-14 overall, 5-8 Big), which is scheduled to play the Tigers (18-15, 3-7) 11 a.m. Saturday.
SOONERS BUST AGGIES
No. 6-ranked Oklahoma never trailed Friday, but a four-run seventh inning gave the Sooners breathing room in a 6-1 Big 12 softball win over Texas A&M at College Station. Jessica Shults hit her 11th and 12th homers of the season, and pitcher Keilani Ricketts struck out 12 in a seven-inning complete game. Ricketts added two doubles and an RBI at the plate. OU (34-5 overall, 10-2 Big 12) and No. 14 Texas A&M (28-12, 8-4) continue the series at 3 p.m. Saturday.
BRONCHOS NOTCH NO. 32
The Central Oklahoma softball team continued its school-record run, winning its 32nd consecutive game Friday. Megan Whitmire's three-run homer fired No. 4-ranked UCO to a 12-5 comeback victory over Northeastern State in Edmond. UCO (34-3) and the RiverHawks (19-18) were scheduled to play a second game, but that was canceled due to rain. Central Oklahoma is scheduled to host Midwestern State (Texas) in a Wednesday doubleheader. The first game is set for a 1 p.m. start.
OSU TRIMS CYCLONES
Julie Ward's two-run double complemented Kat Espinosa's exceptional pitching Friday afternoon, and Oklahoma State edged Iowa State 2-1 in Big 12 softball in Stillwater. The game started almost four hours earlier than scheduled as the teams tried to avoid severe weather. Because of that, only 75 fans saw Ward drive home Shelby Davis and Tamara Brown with the 45th career double, which ranks third in school history. Espinosa pitched a seven-inning complete game. She gave up three hits, a walk and struck out six.
Oklahoma State (19-16 overall, 3-6 Big 12) and Iowa State (12-26, 1-9) continue the series at 1 p.m. Saturday. An alumni game is scheduled at 10 a.m.
SNU COACH RESIGNS
Lori Carter has resigned after 12 seasons as women's basketball coach at NAIA power Southern Nazarene. The three-time Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year guided SNU to a 219-83 record and one national championship. The Crimson Storm reached the national tournament seven times under Carter, including this season when the team finished with a 24-10 record. Carter's resignation followed last week's announcement that top assistant coach — her father, Paul Cloar — was retiring. Carter, the former Lori Cloar, was an All-State forward in 1988 at Mustang High School.
LANGSTON NAMES INTERIM A.D.
Rozalyn Luster-Washington was named interim athletic director at Langston University. She will replace Patric Simon until the NAIA school hires a full-time A.D. Simon resigned recently to take the same position at Alcorn State (Miss.). A Langston release said Washington will not apply for full-time status. This is the second time Washington as served as interim athletic director, holding the post before Simon was hired.