Wildcats Fight Back Late Against No. 15 Oklahoma State, Lose 15-7

Published 03/13 2014 08:05PM

Updated 03/13 2014 08:08PM

Reported by: Christopher Macaluso, ACU Assistant Director for Athletics Media Relations

STILLWATER, Okla. - Despite trailing by as many as 14 runs, Abilene Christian's baseball team refused to go away quietly during the late innings of Thursday's 15-7 loss at No. 15 Oklahoma State, scoring six times over the final three frames.

Senior Kyle Giusti led the Wildcats' offense by going 5-for-5, while scoring two runs and driving in a pair. His five hits are one shy of the school record shared by Joel Wells, who went 6-for-6 vs. Incarnate Word (2005) and Johnny Zepeda who was 6-for-6 vs. Henderson State (Feb. 4, 2006).

After the Cowboys (12-5) took their biggest lead of the game at 15-1 during a four-run sixth inning, the Wildcats scored twice between the seventh and eighth innings before tagging reliever Matt Wilson for four runs on five hits in the ninth.

Jordan Forrester began the final frame by reaching first base on a dropped third strike, which was followed by back-to-back hits by Aaron Draper and Giusti. And after the next two batters grounded out and struck out, Colton Hall ripped a two-run single to right center.

Gunnar Buhner then came through with a single and designated hitter Emil Litterer slapped a RBI double to the gap.

Litterer's hit gave senior Seth Spivey one last chance to extended his season-long hitting streak to 15 games, but second baseman Hayden Cronenbold made a diving stop on a ball hit up the middle and made a throw to first base that caught the Brenham, Texas native by a half step. One inning earlier, Spivey had a line drive shot snared in mid air by shortstop Craig McConaughy.

Spivey, however, has reached base in all 15 Wildcat games as he walked and scored a run in the seventh.

Oklahoma State's offense put up crooked numbers across the scoreboard from the first through fourth innings in building a 11-0 lead. The Cowboys' big hits included a two-out, three-run home run by Tanner Krietemeier in the second inning that made it a 6-0 game and Zach Fish's two-run blast in the fourth that put the home team ahead 10-0.

OSU added one more run that inning on a Robie Rojas RBI single.

Freshman Austin Lambright was charged with the loss in falling to 0-2 on the season, while Garrett Williams improved to 2-0. Williams tossed 5.0 innings, gave up six hits and one unearned run.

The Wildcats (7-8) return to action tomorrow for the start of a three-game home series against East Central. Game times are Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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