Saulyer Saxon extended the inning, following Case’s double with a slow roller past the pitcher that he beat out for an infield single. Then Donnie Walton doubled home a run and Tanner Krietemeier doubled in two more.
Pretty soon, the Cowboys had chased Garza from the game, had blown up that six-run stat by the fifth inning and eventually scored more runs on the Titans than any club all season. More runs than any team since TCU in February of 2012.
So much, too, for that NCAA-best 2.03 ERA.
Every player in the OSU batting order had a base hit, except Zach Fish, who drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Cowboys finished with 16 hits, led by Krietemeier’s 3-for-6 effort that included two doubles and five RBIs. Saxon scored three runs and Conor Costello punctuated the breakout with a home run in the seventh, a two-run blast out to left-center field. OSU scored in six of the final seven innings.
“First pitch of the at-bat, I was just trying to get on-time with something,” Costello said. “I happened to run into it pretty good and it got out of the ballpark.
“But pretty much all around, everybody was swinging the bat today. It was just an unbelievable offensive game, from the top of the order down. We just played our game and did the same thing we’ve done all year, which is try to win each and every pitch. It worked out for us today. We won a lot of pitches.”
OSU starter Jon Perrin gave the Cowboys six solid innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Vince Wheeland and Brendan McCurry finished the win, which pushed the Cowboys’ record to 47-16.