Things went south in a hurry for Oklahoma State in their season opener on Friday. Tyler Buffet, a 9-game winner in 2016, was rocked for five runs in the first four innings as Grand Canyon upset the 22nd ranked Cowboys in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Cowboys, coming off a trip to Omaha in 2016, saw the Lopes, 25-28-1 last season, cross home plate six times off twelve hits. Lead off hitter Austin Bull paced GCU by going 3-for-5 from the plate, with an RBI and a run scored. In total, four Grand Canyon batters produced multiple hits in the upset.
While the OSU hurlers were struggling from the mound, their batters were also having a hard time from the plate. OSU scattered just four hits across nine innings and pushed their lone run through with two away in the ninth.
Jake Wong struck out a career-high seven batters across six scoreless innings and allowed just a single hit.
“I threw a lot of fastballs tonight,” Wong said. “That’s my pitch and that was my best pitch tonight. Against a good team like that, you have to use your 3-0 pitches, my slider and change-up, they were helpful as well. But my fastball was my go-to tonight.”
The Cowboys and the Lopes face each other, for game two of their series, at 8:00 Saturday evening.