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WVU rallies to defeat No. 23 Oklahoma State in extra innings

Stillwater, Okla.–The West Virginia University baseball team came from behind to beat No. 23 Oklahoma State 5-3 in extra innings on Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

The Mountaineers (14-10) scored two runs in the ninth to tie the game at 3-3 and scored two in the 10th to take the lead.

Sophomore Cole Austin had three hits and drove in three runs. Kyle Gray and Ivan Gonzalez each picked up two hits.

Braden Zarbnisky (3-0) picked up the win for WVU. He pitched 1.2 scoreless frames, fanning three. Also, the sophomore scored the game-winning run.

Garrett McCain went 2-for-3 for the Cowboys (16-10). Cole Hearrean (0-2) suffered the loss.

In the fourth inning, Oklahoma State jumped out to a 3-0 lead. With two outs, back-to-back singles from Garrett Benge and McCain set things in motion for Colin Simpson, who hit a three-run blast to right field.

The home run to Simpson was sophomore Michael Grove’s lone mistake of the day. He pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out nine.

Austin’s base hit to center field knocked in Gray and cut the Mountaineers deficit to two, 3-1.

Once again, the come back kids broke out the bats in the ninth. Trailing by two with one out, Jackson Cramer walked. Then Austin blasted a two-run homer to left field, tying the game at 3-all.

In the extra frame, Zarbnisky led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Jimmy Galusky’s bunt. A wild pitch scored Zarbnisky and moved Galusky to second.

T.J. Lake’s single up the middle extended WVU’s lead to 5-3. And Zarbnisky pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning to seal the victory.

The win snapped the Cowboys nine-game home winning streak.

Conner Dotson (3-3) will look to redeem himself after a poor outing last weekend during the series finale on Sunday as the Mountaineers try and win the series for a third time this season over a ranked opponent. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET).


Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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