STILLWATER, Okla.–Tyler Buffett held the West Virginia University baseball team to four hits as the Mountaineers dropped the series opener to No. 23 Oklahoma State 3-2 on Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Buffett (4-2) pitched a complete game, surrendering two hits and striking out seven.
Buffett’s mound opponent B.J. Myers (2-2) struck out 10 in six innings of work for WVU (13-10). He gave up three runs on five hits.
Kyle Gray, Darius Hill, Jackson Cramer and Jimmy Galusky each had one hit for the Mountaineers.
Garrett Benge went 2-for-3, scoring one run and driving in one for the Cowboys (16-9).
Ryan Sluder led off the bottom of the first with a base hit to center field and scored on Benge’s double down the right field line to give Oklahoma State a 1-0 edge.
In the fifth, Hill singled to center field and advanced to second on an error. Galusky’s sacrifice bunt moved Hill up another 90 feet and he scored on Braden Zarbnisky’s groundout. WVU took a 2-1 lead when Ivan Gonzalez scored on a groundout.
The Cowboys took the lead back in the bottom of the sixth. Cameron Dobbs led off the inning with a double. Then Myers issued a walk to Benge before Garrett McCain’s single up the middle scored Dobbs, tying the game at 2-2. Colin Simpson’s single through the right side knocked in Benge and gave Oklahoma State a 3-2 lead.
The Mountaineers and the Cowboys will square off in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: WVU Baseball Twitter