STILLWATER, Okla. – Cal Poly's high-powered offensive attack was held to just two runs and a dozen base hits as the Mustangs dropped both ends of a non-conference baseball doubleheader to Oklahoma State by scores of 8-2 and 1-0 on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs accumulated seven hits and battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the opener before succumbing to a 10-hit Cowboy attack, then managed just five singles in the nightcap in being shut out for the first time in 55 games.
Cal Poly dropped to 0-5 with the pair of losses, all to teams with a combined 118 NCAA regional playoff appearances, including 54 trips to the College World Series. The Mustangs lost to North Carolina, Missouri and USC last weekend.
In the opener with the temperature hovering in the upper 40s under overcast skies, Cal Poly overcame an early 2-0 deficit with single runs in the third and fourth innings. David Armendariz homered to left field for the third-inning tally and Matt Jensen's RBI double in the fourth tied the game at 2-2.
But the Cowboys scored three times in the fifth to break the deadlock and added two more in the sixth and one in the eighth to pull away.
Brad Propst (2-0) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings for the win with one walk and three strikeouts.
The loss went to junior right-hander Mason Radeke (0-1) as he was touched for seven runs and nine hits in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
Catcher Elliot Stewart doubled twice to lead Cal Poly offensively.
Oklahoma State won the nightcap despite stranding 10 runners on the basepaths. The Cowboys pushed across the only run of the game in the first inning as Zach Johnson doubled with one out and eventually scored on an RBI single by Jared Womack.
Cal Poly had the leadoff man on base just once and twice had two runners on base but couldn't produce the key hit to get on the scoreboard. With two outs in the ninth, Matt Jensen walked and D.J. Gentile singled, putting runners at first and third, but Tim Wise struck out to end the game.
Cal Poly's five hits were singles by Mike Miller, Mitch Haniger, Jensen, Gentile and Wise.
Junior southpaw Kyle Anderson (0-2) (pictured above) took the loss despite pitching well, allowing one run and five hits in six innings with a pair of strikeouts. Andrew Heaney (2-0) tossed eight scoreless innings for the win with three strikeouts and Chris Marlowe struck out three Mustangs in the ninth for his first save.
Final game of the series will be played Sunday at 11 a.m. PST with senior right-hander Steven Fischback on the mound for Cal Poly.