STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State baseball team was in a familiar spot Saturday, about to squander away another opportunity in a season marked by too many so-close losses.
Except this time, for a rare time, the Cowboys found a break.
Texas Tech right fielder Nick Hanslik, who had just been shifted over from left, misplayed Mark Ginther's line drive into a three-run triple that swung an eighth-inning deficit into a 5-2 win.
Before a huge Reynolds Stadium crowd bloated by fans who came over from the football spring finale, OSU rallied just when it looked to be reeling.
“Our kids keep competing, they don't give in,” said Cowboys coach Frank Anderson. “We haven't had everything go our way this season, but they like to play and they like to come out and practice.
“It was good to see them get rewarded right there, because we haven't had too many of those things happen for us.”
The Cowboys haven't made many things happen, either, carrying a .247 batting average into Saturday's game. They entered the weekend series having stranded 98 runners in 12 conference games.
And there they were again, trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, after putting runners at first and third with nobody out, facing more failure.
Wes Jones led off with a double down the left-field line and Jarrett Higgins followed with a bunt single. Hunter Bailey's fly ball to left was too shallow to even attempt to score Jones. And after Robbie Rea was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Jared Womack popped out to second.
Ginther stepped in and quickly fell behind with two strikes, before drilling a shot at Hanslik, who initially came in two steps, then slipped when he tried to adjust to the rising liner, allowing the ball to go all the way to the wall and score three runs.