March 9, 2007
Stillwater, Okla. - Sixteenth-ranked Oklahoma State rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to erase a 6-3 deficit and junior first baseman Rebel Ridling's RBI single in the 10th inning drove home the winning run as the Cowboys stunned No. 10 Pepperdine, 7-6, Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The loss snapped the Waves' (14-5) three-game winning streak and marked their first defeat of the season when leading after eight innings. Pepperdine previously was 13-0 when taking a lead into the ninth inning.
Oklahoma State won its seventh in a row to improve to 12-3.
After the Waves added a run in the top half of the ninth on an RBI double by junior shortstop Danny Worth to take a 6-3 lead, the Cowboys came back in the bottom half of the inning against Pepperdine's bullpen.
Donnie Webb greeted Dominguez with a single and, after a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, shortstop Matt Lopez doubled to right center to drive home both runners and cut the deficit to 6-5.
A pair of walks by Dominguez loaded the bases and the Cowboys tied the game on a sacrifice fly Cory Brown off of freshman left-hander Jordan Durrance (0-1).
In the top half of the 10th, Pepperdine put a runner in scoring position but was unable to push across a run against the Oklahoma State bullpen.
Third baseman Matt Mangini opened the bottom half of the 10th with a single through the right side against Durrance. Junior Adam Olbrychowski came on in relief and, after uncorking a wild pitch allowing Mangini to move up to second base, surrendered the game-winning hit to Ridling.
After each team scored a run in the first inning, Pepperdine scored four times in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead. Sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames had an RBI double and senior left fielder Luke Salas doubled home a pair of runs to highlight the inning as he collected the 100th and 101st RBI of his career.
Oklahoma State scored twice in the sixth against Pepperdine starter Barry Enright to make it a 5-3 game.
Enright worked seven innings, allowed eight hits, three runs (two earned), did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high tying eight batters.
Worth's ninth-inning RBI double gave him 48 for his career and moved him into sole possession of eighth place on Pepperdine all-time list.
Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz, Thames and Salas had two hits apiece to lead the Waves.
Pepperdine and Oklahoma State continue their weekend series with a noon (PST) start on Saturday.