Feb. 29, 2008
TAMPA, Fla. -
Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Mike Kalina went 3-for-4, but No. 21 Oklahoma State jumped out to an early lead in downing Northwestern 13-3 Friday evening.
The Cowboys improve to a perfect 6-0 on the season while the Wildcats fall to 2-2.
Kalina's effort raised his season batting average to an impressive .556 (10-18).
Oklahoma State used the longball to jump out to an early advantage, as a two-run homer by Rebel Ridling in the first inning and a three-run shot by Matt Hague in the second helped the Cowboys jump out to a 7-0 lead. Both homers off of NU starter Joe Muraski came with two outs.
The Cowboys added another run in the top of the third before the Wildcats got on the board with a solo tally in their half of the inning. Rob Campbell and Aaron Newman opened the inning with singles, but both runners were still in scoring position with two down when Kalina brought home Campbell from third with an infield single.
Northwestern had chances to tally more early in the contest as it collected five hits through the first three innings, but stranded four baserunners including three in scoring position.
OSU pushed across four more runs in the fourth before Jonathan Purcell came on in relief in the fifth and quieted the Cowboys' bats. The sophomore tossed the final five innings, scattering four hits while allowing just one run.
The Wildcats completed the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Jake Goebbert brought home Newman with a sacrifice fly, while Tommy Finn chipped in with an RBI groundout.
Oklahoma State finished with a slim 14-12 advantage in the hit column, with Northwestern stranding 11 baserunners in the contest.
Muraski took the loss for NU, while Tyler Lyons got the win for OSU.
The 'Cats will play a pair of games Saturday, facing the Cowboys again at 2 p.m. Central time before facing host South Florida at 6 p.m.