Oklahoma State starter Jon Perrin threw two wild pitches. He also booted a bunt. Catcher Bryan Case threw a ball into center field on a delayed steal. That’s the kind of night it was for OSU in an 8-4 loss to UC Irvine in Game 1 of the Super Regional.
The game might have been different without fundamental mistakes. Two runs scored on Perrin’s wild pitches. Another scored on the errant throw. And on a night when the Cowboys’ bats weren’t working for most of seven innings, that was more than enough to decide it.
“Some moments got away from us,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “We didn’t handle it well. We have to be more in control.”
DIVING GRAB KILLS EARLY RALLY
The Comeback Cowboys couldn’t come from behind this time, and UC Irvine left fielder Adam Alcantara had a lot to do with it.
Trailing 5-1 in the sixth inning, Donnie Walton and Tanner Krietemeier reached base for OSU. With two outs, Aaron Cornell hit a deep line drive to left field that might have scored two runs.
But Alacantra pulled off a highlight-reel leaping dive to snag to ball near the warning track and end the inning.
ANTEATERS’ ACE STILL FRESH
UC Irvine coach Mike Gillespie started his team’s No. 2 starter, Elliot Surrey, in Game 1 Friday against OSU.
That leaves top starter Andrew Morales fresh to pitch Saturday with OSU on the ropes.
Morales was 10-2 in the regular season with a 1.64 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 1202/3 innings.
Meanwhile, OSU went with ace Jon Perrin in Friday’s game. Tyler Buffet is OSU’s likely starter for Saturday.
COWBOYS NOT INTIMIDATED
The biggest benefit of OSU’s 28 come-from-behind wins could still be coming.
The Cowboys have to win two in a row against UC Irvine after losing Game 1. OSU’s Zach Fish said the toughness the Cowboys showed all season prepared the team for this situation.
“We’ve been here before,” Fish said. “If we continue to fight, continue to be who we are, I think we’re going to have a good game (Saturday).”