FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Despite being out-hit 7-3, Oklahoma State made a pair of early runs hold up for a 2-1 win over Arkansas on Tuesday at Baum Stadium.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Cowboys (15-12) and avenged a 10-8 home loss to Arkansas (15-16) last Tuesday. The Razorbacks have now lost nine-consecutive home games, the longest home losing streak in the UA record books.
OSU starter Matt Smith (3-4) gave up one run (unearned) and scattered five hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine to earn the victory. Jeremy Rankin (1-2), the victor in last week’s UA win at Stillwater, suffered the loss Tuesday in his first career start despite giving up just three hits in five innings.
The Cowboys took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Carlos Gautreaux led off the game with a double and scored on Luke Scott’s sacrifice fly.
Arkansas committed just one error in the game, but it proved costly. It came when OSU’s Darren Heal hit a ground ball to Brad Hagedorn at second base that should have ended the top of the second inning. Instead, Hagedorn’s throw to first base was too low for Wes McCrotty to handle at first base, allowing Roy York to score from third for a 2-0 Oklahoma State lead.
The Hogs scored their lone run in the bottom of the seventh when Jon Youngblood scored from third on Jeff Fletcher’s sacrifice bunt that trickled down the first-base line.
The Razorbacks put runners at first and second with two out in the ninth, but Rusty Rushing came out of the OSU bullpen to strikeout Kyle Washburn on a called third strike and earn his fifth save of the season. Washburn’s career-best eight-game hitting streak ended at eight games.
Arkansas left 11 runners on base, eight in scoring position.
Jack Welsh and Greg Blum led the Razorbacks with two hits each.
Arkansas will travel to Starkville, Miss., on Thursday for a three-game Southeastern Conference series against Mississippi State beginning with Friday’s 6:30 p.m. CT game. The series continues Saturday at 5 p.m. CT and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT.