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TCU Walks Off Pokes for Series Clincher

April 18, 2021

FORT WORTH, Texas – Oklahoma State dropped another close contest to No. 6 TCU Saturday as the Horned Frogs clinched the series with an 8-7 walk-off win at Lupton Stadium. The 10th-ranked Cowboys fell to 21-9-1 with the loss and are now 6-5 in Big 12 play, while TCU improved to 25-9  and 9-2 in the league.

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Justin Campbell started and pitched five strong innings before TCU cranked up their offense.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand led the way offensively for the Cowboys, extending his hitting streak to 15 games and going 2-for-3 with a home run, double and four RBIs. Caeden Trenkle also had a pair of hits and an RBI in three at-bats.

Brett Standlee took the loss on the mound as he allowed a run on three hits to fall to 3-1 on the season.

Saturday's game was a back-and-forth affair. OSU took the initial lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Encarnacion-Strand, and the Frogs tied the score in the third on an infield single. The Pokes went back on top in the fourth on a solo homer by Carson McCusker, his fourth of the season, but the home team answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-2 advantage.

OSU mounted a big rally in the fifth. With runners on the corners, Trenkle laid down a perfect bunt for an RBI single, and two batters later, Encarnacion-Strand blasted his 11th home run of the season, a three-run shot that put the Pokes up 6-3.

The Frogs plated a pair of runs in the sixth to cut the OSU lead to 6-5, and the Cowboys looked poised for another big inning in the seventh as they loaded the bases with no outs. But they would manage just one run in the inning, that coming on an RBI groundout by Max Hewitt.

TCU tied the game once again in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and knotting things up on Hunter Wolfe's two-run homer off OSU reliever Trevor Martin. The Cowboys would get runners on base in both the eighth and ninth innings but failed to score.

In the bottom of the ninth, Mitchell Stone retired the first TCU hitter before Standlee came out of the bullpen. After giving up a single, the OSU defense came up big as Cade Cabbiness gunned down Gene Wood at second base after his hit to right field.

With a runner on third and two outs, Wolfe ripped a ground ball up the middle that a diving Hueston Morrill was able to stop but not come up with cleanly, and the winning run scored.

Sunday's series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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