Oklahoma State saw their two-game winning streak snapped on Friday in their series opener against South Dakota State. Jackrabbits’ pitcher Brady Stover picked up his first win of the season by striking out six in five innings of work, while Chris Halbur allowed just one hit over the final two innings for his third save.
SDSU was also able to capitalize on three OSU errors in route to their 2-1 victory. The Jackrabbits took the first lead of the game with an unearned run in the third. With one out, Phil Velez moved into scoring position on a throwing error, and then on to third on the Cowboys’ second error of the inning, before getting knocked in by Luke Ringhofer.
Oklahoma State evened the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Garrett Benge came home on an RBI groundout by Dustin Williams. The tie score didn’t last long as a wild pitch allowed Nick Smith to score from third, resulting in the final run total of 2-1.
The loss evened Tyler Buffett’s season record to 2-2 but it didn’t come from a lack of effort. Buffett struck out seven batters, tying a career high, in the loss and gave up just six hits.