STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State won its fourth-straight game Saturday with a 13-3 series clinching victory over Bowling Green at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Gabe Weidenaar returned to the Cowboy lineup and was 3-for-3 with a game-high five RBIs, and Chase Stevens racked up 13 strikeouts in five innings of relief as OSU improved to 4-3 on the season and notched its first series win of the year.
For the second-straight day, the Cowboys fell behind early as the Falcons touched OSU starter Kyle Ottoson for a pair of runs in the second inning, getting RBI singles from Drew Kuns and T.J. Losby.
But as they did Friday, the Cowboys responded in the bottom of the inning and took a lead they would never surrender.
A leadoff walk to Jared Womack got things started in the second, and Zach Fish followed with a double. Up next, Wes Jones collected an RBI single, and Weidenaar delivered a sacrifice fly to tie the score. Three batters later it was Robbie Rea doing damage as he crushed a two-RBI double off the wall in left-centerfield to put the Cowboys up 4-1.
BGSU (0-4) trimmed its deficit to 4-3 with an unearned run in the fourth, but OSU answered again in its next at bat when Weidenaar, playing in his first game of the season, sent a solo home run over the wall in left field.
In the fifth, Stevens became the story. After Ottoson surrendered a leadoff double to Andrew Kubuski, Stevens came on out of the OSU bullpen.
The junior right-hander, who picked up a win in last Tuesday's start over Dallas Baptist, retired the first batter he faced, then walked the next. He then recorded the first of what would be 10-straight strikeouts over the next two-plus innings.
In all, Stevens worked five scoreless innings and did not allow a hit. He walked two, and his 13 strikeouts are the most by a Big 12 Conference pitcher this season, besting the 12 by teammate Andrew Heaney against BGSU on Friday.
OSU's offense put the game away in the seventh as the Cowboys rallied for six runs on four hits, getting a two-run home run from Mark Ginther, a two-RBI double from Weidenaar and RBI singles from Brandon Bass and Rea.
The Cowboys will try and complete a series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.